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.
Hayward is on the mend from two operations on his left ankle, which he fractured in his team debut Oct. 17. The second surgery occurred in May and was the more minor of the two procedures, as he merely had screws removed from the ankle. Ainge's comments come on the heels of head coach Brad Stevens stating a couple weeks earlier that he expects Hayward to be cleared for full activities by mid-August, a goal that still appears realistic. Aside from re-signing backup center Aron Baynes and drafting big man Robert Williams late in the first round, the Celtics haven't made any major changes to the roster this offseason, so it would seem that Hayward remains on track to enter 2018-19 as a cornerstone piece for Boston.
Hayward wrote on his personal website that he hopes to begin running sometime in July.
Hayward recently underwent surgery to remove the plate and screws from his ankle, which had been causing some irritation as he rehabbed. "[The doctors] took the plate, the screws and the tightrope that was in there," Hayward wrote. "So now, I basically have a normal ankle-just there are some holes in the bone where they had to put the screws in, and those are going to heal up." After the procedure, Hayward was placed in a walking boot, but he shed it roughly two weeks ago and hinted that he plans to ramp up his activity in the coming weeks, with the hope of returning to five-on-five work within the next month. "Once I get started, I'll be jogging, then running, and then cutting and moving, and all that could happen within one to two weeks of each other, to where by the end of July I am playing full court, five-on-five basketball," Hayward wrote.
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.
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