Hayward's inaugural season with the Celtics lasted all of six minutes after he suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg during the team's season opener Oct. 17. After undergoing surgery shortly thereafter, Hayward was spotted going through workouts on the court during the spring, but the Celtics dismissed any notion of the forward returning to action in the postseason. With Hayward having all summer to regain strength in his leg and build up his conditioning, it sounds as though he'll be a full participant when training camp opens in September. It remains to be seen what the Boston roster will still look like at that point, but the 28-year-old's ability to swing between both forward spots should allow him to assume a high-minute starting role in 2018-19.
Hayward (ankle) underwent a minor ankle procedure Wednesday to remove the screws from his broken fibula and is expected to resume basketball activities in six-to-eight weeks and be ready for training camp, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports
The procedure Hayward underwent was due to the discomfort the screws in Hayward's surgically repaired fibula. The surgery doesn't seem to be anything serious as he is still expected to be ready for training camp. Hayward was progressing prior to the procedure, as he had begun playing one-on-one. The Celtics will likely be very cautious with Hayward, so their expectations for him to be back for training camp indicates that Hayward is progressing well.
Hayward (ankle) has begun playing one-on-one and intends to resume full basketball activities at some point in the next two months, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.
This updated timeline assumes that Hayward will indeed be ready in time for next season. The big question remaining is whether or not he'll see regular rest throughout the regular season, which would certainly have an adverse affect on his ADP.
Hayward (ankle) posted a video of himself jogging on the court Monday without the assistance of an AlterG machine, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
While the activity seemingly represents another step forward for Hayward in his recovery from surgery to repair a fractured left ankle, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens acknowledged that the forward remains "a long, long way away" before playing competitive basketball again. While Hayward may travel with the club for its final regular-season road game next week in Washington, Stevens reiterated that he's continuing to rule the 29-year-old out for the rest of the campaign, including the playoffs.
Hayward (ankle) has progressed to performing stand-still dribble moves and shooting jumpers, Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports reports.
Hayward has worked his way from doing work on an anti-gravity treadmill about a month ago to dribbling and shooting. It was also reported at the end of February that he is about two weeks away from traveling with the team. Both of those activities represent a massive step in Hayward's recovery, especially since the team has not officially shut him down for the remainder of the season. That said, it seems unlikely he would make a return during the regular season. The playoffs, however, are not entirely out of the question.
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