Never say Never, Gordon Hayward will be going through another big process in his rehab very soon.
The Boston Celtics small forward will only have to wear a walking boot for about two more weeks before he can ditch it for good, general manager Danny Ainge said Thursday on “Toucher and Rich.”
Hayward, 27, has been recovering from a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia he suffered in a nasty fall on opening night. He’s not expected to play this season, but plans to remain involved with the club. Once physically able, he’ll take on a video role with the Celtics and travel with the team.
Coming off his first All-Star campaign, Hayward signed with Boston in free agency this past summer. He averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and a steal last season for the Utah Jazz.
This has been a mixed blessing for the Boston Celtics as our young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have picked up valuable experience they otherwise would not have received. The same can be said for the Celtics young bench players. When Hayward returns this should provide a huge left to what already appears to be a legitimate title contender. Throw in the pick we received in the Tatum/Fultz trade with Philadelphia and the Celtics future looks extremely bright.
We should take it with a grain of salt but it appears Danny is telling us that there is a chance Hayward can return this season without coming out and saying it directly. This would be an enormous boost to an already great team.