Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge revealed in an interview Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show that Gordon Hayward recently suffered a setback in his rehabilitation.
A few weeks ago, there was a sudden change in the message about Gordon Hayward coming from the Celtics. After Hayward released a video showing him getting up shots, Brad Stevens simply said that he is not coming back this year.
But Boston was always being clear about one thing: they are not rushing him back. They have too much invested in Hayward. Not just financially. They are so close to building a dynastical core and Hayward is the key.
This drug detox tampa noted Hayward’s setback occurred approximately a month-and-a-half ago, adding it was caused by “progressing a little too fast” through rehab. Ainge mentioned how Hayward still has a “ways to go” in reaching full recovery from a gruesome injury suffered in an opening night loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 17 when Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.
Perhaps the most ominous and concerning comments made by Ainge Thursday is how Hayward may require surgery in the coming off-season, procedures he describes as part of an ongoing “maintenance” program.
Last week, just a week after Stevens ruled him out yet again, Hayward said he could play.
"The hope is still there," Hayward told reporters. "It's something where I'm really honestly not even thinking about it. I know we're getting toward the end of the year. It's something that I'm still working toward, but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen."
Hayward signed a four-year max contract with the Celtics last offseason after spending his first seven seasons with the Utah Jazz. The move reunited him with Stevens, who coached him at Butler.