Gordon Hayward’s wife Robyn rips Thunder GM Sam Presti after saying he ‘botched’ NBA veteran trade

Gordon Hayward’s wife Robyn is known for speaking her mind, especially when it comes to matters concerning her husband. She recently took aim at Sam Presti, after the Oklahoma City Thunder general manager took responsibility for inking the trade for Hayward.

“I missed it,” Presti said via ESPN. “It’s up to me to play. But I’m learning, I’m trying to learn this team, I’m trying to learn a little bit of the rhythm of the team. And I’m trying to be a great observer of the “team as she walks through it, knowing that it’s really going to change on its own.”

Tre Mann, Vasilije Micic, David Bertans and future draft picks were sent to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Hayward in February. Hayward averaged 14.5 points per game in his 25 appearances with the Hornets.

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Gordon Hayward, #33 of the Oklahoma City Thunder, faces the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on April 5, 2024 in Indianapolis. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Robyn fired back at Presti by responding to a social media post highlighting Presti’s comments. “Why trade for someone and not play him? …I missed him by not including him,” she wrote.

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Hayward’s production declined upon his arrival in Oklahoma City, with the former NBA All-Star averaging just 5.3 points per game. Hayward’s playing time also decreased significantly as he averaged 17.2 minutes on the basketball court in his 26 games with the Thunder.

Sam Presti speaks to the media

Sam Presti speaks to the press in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

Hayward’s playing time was also limited in the playoffs, where he only made three shot attempts.

Gordon previously expressed frustration with his brief time in Oklahoma City.

“I feel like as a player I have a lot to offer,” Gordon said, according to ESPN. “I just haven’t really had the opportunity to do this. I thought I would be given this opportunity.”

Gordon Hayward dribbling

Gordon Hayward, #33 of the Oklahoma City Thunder, dribbles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 3 of the Western Conference second round playoffs at the American Airlines Center on May 11, 2024 in Dallas. (https://static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2024/05/Gordon-Hayward-1.jpg)

During the 2022-23 season, Hayward suffered a broken shoulder. Before a November 2022 game against the Timberwolves, the Hornets announced he would miss the contest with a shoulder contusion.

However, Robyn took issue with how the Hornets described the injury.

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A shoulder bruise is less serious than a broken shoulder, and Robyn took to social media to share her displeasure with the discrepancy.

“He actually has a fractured shoulder blade…that they made him play with in the last game…that’s why he couldn’t raise his arm in the last game,” she wrote on Instagram.

She later added, “I’m going to stop here and not bring up the earlier stuff,” before continuing on a later Instagram Story.

She then concluded: “I’m tired of them not protecting the players. I was just talking to the mother of a young player, and she said the same thing…”

Hayward is set to become a free agent this offseason.

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