Celtics wing Gordon Hayward is on schedule to be fully medically cleared by August, according to Brad Stevens in an interview with the Boston Globe.
“All success,’’ head coach Brad Stevens said. “Everything is good and pointed toward being back exactly where he was — hopefully pain-free, because that plate is taken out — in the middle of July, which probably points to an early August, mid August fully cleared time frame.’’
This news comes two months after NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely reported Hayward underwent surgery in May to remove screws and a plate from his leg due to irritation. These were initially inserted after the wing player suffered a broken fibula in the season opener against the Cavaliers.
“We knew the timeline, but it was like, ‘Hey if you’re having pain and we need to do this, let’s do it now, right,'” Stevens said. “And he was working really hard in Indy and he looked really good. Like, he was getting close to being able to do some two-on-two, three-on-three. But he just had a little bit of pain in the backside of his foot, and that’s why they decided to remove the plate.”
Prior to signing with the Celtics last summer, Hayward averaged a career-best 21.9 points per game on 47 percent shooting, to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists with the Jazz. His return in August would mean the 28-year-old can be ready for training camp in September.
“The injury was really hard, but I don’t know that it was as hard for Gordon as January, February, and March. I just think those times where you’re in the middle of all this rehab and it’s just everyday. And you’re feeling because you’re in the middle of it that every progress you’re making is baby steps,” said Stevens. “Now, when the world sees a video and sees his boot off, everybody goes nuts. Well, he’s been in the boot for three months or whatever. He doesn’t see those big strides that everybody else sees, so I think that’s the hard part … That’s why they always say it’s hard to be hurt when you’re an elite athlete. It’s hard to sit out and watch your team, especially with the circumstances of coming to Boston, leaving a great situation in Utah, I’m sure that made it even tougher.”
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