Gordon Hayward

#20 SF / Boston Celtics / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-8 Weight: 226 lb Age: 27 College: Butler

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  • Celtics GM Danny Ainge says the next phase in Heyward's (ankle) recovery will be to shed his walking boot in a couple weeks, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reports. This doesn't change the outlook for Hayward much, as he's still not expected to return during the upcoming season. When he does get back in the mix, young players Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will have plenty of reps under their belts, which will make it easy for the Celtics to ease Hayward back into action.

  • Hayward (ankle) had his hard cast removed and is now in a boot, Celtics official team content manager Marc D'Amico reports. Hayward is still not expected to return this season, though this news certainly bodes well for his recovery in general, especially looking ahead to next season. In his stead, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will seemingly continue holding down the fort on the wing.

  • Hayward (ankle) is not expected to return this season, Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald reports. According to Hayward's agent Mark Bartelstein, it's unrealistic to expect the star forward to be on the court again this season. Hayward did undergo successful surgery Wednesday night, however, and will begin rehabbing immediately in Boston. While it'll surely be a long recovery for Hayward, there is no reason to believe he won't be ready for the start of training camp next season. In his absence, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart will continue to see extended minutes on the wing.

  • Hayward (ankle) will undergo surgery Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Hayward suffered both a dislocated ankle and a fractured tibia during the team's regular-season opener Tuesday, and he's opted to undergo surgery right away. The Celtics are expected to update his timetable for a return following surgery, so we should have a good idea by the end of Wednesday or early Thursday regarding whether or not Hayward will be able to return at some point this season. In the meantime, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier are all expected to benefit from his absence.

  • Hayward has officially been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. Hayward had to be stretchered off the court Tuesday after landing awkwardly on his left leg and as originally expected, he's dealing with a fractured ankle. That will likely cost Hayward the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign, though the Celtics haven't provided any sort of update on a potential timetable. With high expectations coming into Boston, it's a brutal blow for both Hayward and the Celtics, but he'll now have to start the long road to recovery with the hope of making a speedy recovery. With Hayward sidelined, Jaylen Brown will likely get all the minutes he can handle, while Terry Rozier should be in line for a bigger role as well.

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