Michael Jordan the key factor in Gordon Hayward joining the Hornets

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 5: NBA Legend and Charlotte Hornets Owner, Michael Jordan looks on during a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets on November 5, 2019 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

It seems Michael Jordan was the key factor in Gordon Hayward reaching an agreement with the Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan, the owner of the Hornets, called Hayward on Friday and convinced him to sign with Charlotte.

“Michael Jordan called Gordon Hayward late last night in an effort to close the deal for Charlotte, Hayward tells ESPN today. Hayward obviously remembers how MJ and Hornets signed him to an offer sheet in restricted free agency in 2014,” Zach Lowe of ESPN reports.

In the summer of 2014, Hayward signed an offer sheet with the Hornets in restricted free agency, yet the Utah Jazz matched it and kept him in the roster.

Hayward is expected to sign a four-year, $120M contract with the Hornets.