Hayward finding success in more prominent role with Hornets
Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward, left, looks to pass against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Hayward took the road less traveled this offseason when he opted out of his contract with the high-profile Celtics and chose to come to Charlotte to take on a more prominent role and the opportunity to help build a young Hornets team into a playoff contender. When the Hornets need a basket in the fourth quarter, they often defer to Hayward. “It seems like yesterday that I was these guys — I was the young guy,” Hayward said with a laugh. Hayward said his sole focus is on helping the Hornets end a four-year playoff drought.
Michigan’s Zavier Simpson signs with NBA champion Lakers
Zavier Simpson, the winningest player in Michigan basketball history, is headed to the defending NBA champion. Undrafted in Wednesday’s NBA Draft, the former Michigan point guard signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent, Brian Jungreis, told MLive. Jungreis said Simpson signed an Exhibit 10 contract, meaning it is a training camp deal. With no Summer League this year, Simpson will have to prove his worth during preseason training camp. More Michigan basketball content:Michigan basketball to hold intra-squad scrimmage to prepare for seasonMichigan’s 2020-21 schedule releasedDetroit no longer a 2021 host as NCAA shifts to one-city March MadnessZeb Jackson: Michigan’s through-the-legs dunking freshmanmlive.com