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Gordon Hayward signs with Hornets: John Hollinger reaction – The Athletic

One rival team falling in love with one of your players can blow up your roster or your salary cap — and you can’t do a thing about it.

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It only takes one.That’s what always worries NBA executives. Just one rival team that gets a wild hair and falls in love with one of your players can blow up your roster or your salary cap structure in minutes, and you can’t do a thing about it.
Boston lived that fear this week. It’s what I call the Bird rights trap, and it’s what the Celtics fell into when Gordon Hayward left for Charlotte as a result of an absurd four-year, $120 million deal from the Hornets. It’s also why players like Marcus…

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