Gordon Hayward's shiny new contract with the Charlotte Hornets put him with some elite company.
His deal, which will pay out about $120 million, makes him just the third player in history to sign multiple contracts worth at least $30 million per year. The other two? LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
In 2016, LeBron signed a deal that would make him the NBA's highest-paid player. It was his first time reaching the $30-million mark, with earnings of $31 million in 2016-17 and $33 million in 2017-18. Of course, we know that James signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
For Durant, his contracts in Golden State and, now, Brooklyn have both surpassed the golden yearly number and totaled a whopping $118 million (not counting the remaining years left on his Brooklyn deal).
In the case of both players, the contracts were more than worth the financial hit -- and both players won Championships with those teams.
The same cannot be said for Hayward. In fact, many question if he can ever return to All-Star form after suffering a series of unfortunate injuries over the past few years. His recent deal with the Hornets makes him one of the league's highest-paid players -- and marks the second time he has inked such a sizeable deal. In case you hadn't noticed before, it was quite a controversial move by the organization.
It will be up to him to prove he's worth every penny. But when LeBron James and Kevin Durant are swimming in the same category, it can be hard to shine.