Head coach Brad Stevens said he expects everybody, including Hayward (ankle/leg), to be a "full go" when training camp opens Tuesday, Jay King of The Athletic reports. Hayward has been able to play 5-on-5 since the start of September and already indicated he's 100 percent healthy, so this is merely confirmation that he'll be good to go for the start of camp. While he could be eased back into action during the preseason, Hayward should be without any restrictions by the season opener Oct. 16 against the 76ers. There may be a slight adjustment period as he gets comfortable playing alongside Kyrie Irving, but fantasy owners can go ahead and draft Hayward with confidence now that his injury is behind him. Stevens went as far as to say that he does not expect to hold Hayward -- or teammate Kyrie Irving -- out of any back-to-back sets, as of now. "I'm not sure I anticipate that with either of those guys from everything I've been told thus far," Stevens said. "I think they've really -- they've made great strides."
Hayward (ankle/leg) has been playing 5-on-5 for a couple of weeks now, Jay King of The Athletic reports. Since the end of August, reports on Hayward's health have been nothing but positive and this latest update provides even more optimism for a full workload heading into the opener. Hayward has reportedly deemed himself 100 percent healthy, though he did acknowledge he's working on getting his explosiveness back and other basketball related things. If things continue to trend in the right direction, look for Hayward to potentially get some short stints throughout the preseason with the ultimate plan of being full go by the time of the Celtics' opener Oct. 16 against Philadelphia.
Celtics teammate Terry Rozier said Hayward (ankle/leg) was "moving great" while working out at the team's facility last week, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports. Rozier's sentiments seemingly back up what head coach Brad Stevens said about Hayward being close to resuming five-on-five work, which is expected to happen prior to the start of the Celtics' training camp. Hayward will likely face some restrictions in the Celtics' initial practices and preseason contests while he returns from a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia, but the expectation remains that he'll be in the starting five when the regular season opens Oct. 16 against the 76ers.
Hayward has made a full recovery from October surgery to address a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia and isn't expected to face any limitations in training camp, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports. "I'm saying that if our training camp were starting [now] that [Hayward and Kyrie Irving] would be here going full speed," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. Hayward, who required the season-ending procedures after getting hurt in the first quarter of the first game of the 2017-18 campaign, resumed basketball activities at the start of July and has now progressed to the point of being considered fully healthy well ahead of training camp. With no injury concerns between him or Kyrie Irving (knee) any longer, the Celtics should be able to develop on-the-court chemistry throughout camp and the preseason.
Hayward (ankle) is expected to begin 5-on-5 work in August, Fred Katz of MassLive.com reports. Hayward resumed basketball activities at the start of July and is apparently able to "complete linear sprints and come to a full stop without any pain" now. He continues to progress without any sort of setbacks and the current plan is for him to be at full speed and going through 5-on-5 work come August. The Celtics don't open up training camp until September, so if all goes well with Hayward's final few steps in the recovery process, he should be a full-go for the start of camp.
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