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Gordon Hayward | Guard/Forward | #20

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 226
College: Butler
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (9) / UTA
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When asked about potentially returning to the court this season, Gordon Hayward (leg) said that the "hope is still there."
Coach Brad Stevens and the Celtics have adamantly stated that Hayward will not play again this season, but Gordon refuses to close the door completely. "The recovery is going well. I'm progressing well," said Hayward. "The hope is still there. 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." Even if Hayward does return, it almost definitely won't be until the postseason. He should be left on waivers in re-draft leagues. Mar 10 - 9:44 AM

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Celtics play-by-play commentator Mike Gorman believes Gordon Hayward (leg) will return in time for the postseason.

"Everybody tells me he is working out eight, nine hours a day, just religiously working out, doing everything they ask of him and more," Gorman said. "It seems to me if Gordon Hayward thought his next basketball game he was going to play in was going to be in next October, he might not be working out nine hours a day right now." This sounds like pure speculation and coach Brad Stevens has already shot down the idea of Hayward returning this season. We'll continue to list him as out for 2017-18.
Mar 8 - 9:46 AM

Brad Stevens reiterated on Saturday that Gordon Hayward (leg) will not play again this season.

We're not sure how many times Stevens has to address this, but perhaps this will finally be the last occurrence. Twitter likes to fan speculative flames, but there is no reason to get caught up in the imagination station on this one. Despite his notable progress thus far, Hayward still has a long road ahead in his rehab and recovery, and there is zero incentive to rush the process. Let's put this storyline to bed.
Mar 3 - 12:33 PM

Gordon Hayward (leg) isn't ready to travel with the Celtics on road trips yet.

According to coach Brad Stevens, the Celtics want Hayward to do more conditioning and strength work on an anti-gravity treadmill before clearing him to travel. "It doesn’t look like it’s any time in the next couple of weeks," Stevens said. "We talked the other day. He’s gonna do another alter-G process or progress starting on Sunday where he goes from 60 percent of his body weight all the way to 100, and then once he gets to 100 — once he can do stuff where he’s running or jumping, then it makes sense to bring him on the road." There's been no indication that we'll see Hayward return this season.
Feb 25 - 10:20 AM

Gordon Hayward (leg) said the plan is to start traveling with the Celtics in March.

He continues to make progress, but the Celtics aren't giving him a timetable and it's still considered doubtful that we'll see him play again this season.
Feb 12 - 9:43 AM

Gordon Hayward (leg) is not expected to play this season according to coach Brad Stevens.

"He makes a lot of shots standing still. I mean, a lot. Like, he’s a heck of a standstill shooter now," Stevens said. "And he’s really good in a chair, too. But nothing new. We don’t anticipate him being back this season." Hayward is making really good progress, but maybe Stevens is just trying to take the pressure off him.
Jan 28 - 11:08 AM

Gordon Hayward (leg) could begin traveling with the Celtics in March.

"I’d say that the traveling looks like it could be early March as he can maybe do all of his rehab without an Alter-G machine and those types of things," head coach Brad Stevens said. "He’s still got a long way to go." Maybe Hayward will be able to get back out there for the playoffs, but it would be beyond shocking to see him take the court again during the regular season this year. He belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Source: USA Today
Jan 24 - 9:34 AM

Gordon Hayward is no longer wearing an ankle brace, but coach Brad Stevens said there's still a "long way to go."

"[All] the way from the surgery to the rehab and everything else, it’s been great," Stevens said of Hayward's recovery. "That said, he hasn’t done anything on the court. So, there’s so many boxes still to check. It’s great that he’s making good strides, but the timelines and those things don’t change." The Celtics aren't giving him an official timetable and he's considered doubtful to return during the regular season, but both the team and Hayward have said that they are hopeful that he could be back for playoffs.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 11 - 11:48 AM

Danny Ainge downplayed the idea of Gordon Hayward (leg) getting back to the court this season.

"I don’t even want to go there. I’m not sure. That’s just all speculation," Ainge said when asked if he could just come back in the postseason if he’s healthy. "Gordon – he didn’t rule it out – but we’re all just sort of are not putting any pressure... It all depends and obviously, he’ll need a long time on the court and many practices before he would even consider playing in a game." It sounds like a regular-season return is not in the cards for Hayward, so there's no reason to stash him in re-draft leagues.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:21:00 AM

Gordon Hayward (leg) said his "mind is open" to the possibility of returning to game action this season.

It was assumed that Hayward would miss the entirety of the 2017-18 season after the gruesome injury he suffered on opening night. However, speaking with reporters, Hayward acknowledged that he wouldn't shut the door on a late-season return. "I'm trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal, and taking it day-by-day, goal by goal. We'll see what happens," said Hayward. He can be left on waivers in re-draft leagues for now. We'll check back in couple months.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 10:13:00 AM

Gordon Hayward (leg) was out of his walking boot on Wednesday.

This is great news for Hayward as he gets over his brutal opening night injury. The former Jazzman has said he's hopeful he can make it back this season, but he still has a long way to go before he's even doing on-court work. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum having big seasons has helped offset the loss of the All-Star forward.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Gordon Hayward (leg) is hopeful to shed his walking boot for good "in the coming days."

Hayward is still hopeful that he'll be able to get back to the court at some point this season, but that's far from a certainty, and he remains without an official timetable. For now, he belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Gordon Hayward hasn’t given up on trying to play again this season.

"I’m definitely pushing to get back as fast as I can, while making sure that I still have a lot of good years of basketball in me," he said. "And coming back early and hurting something else is not part of that plan. So I’m making sure that if I come back, I’m one-thousand percent confident in myself and my leg." It's still unlikely that we'll see him this season, but Hayward has been making solid progress and is scheduled to be out of his walking boot in a couple weeks.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that the next phase for Gordon Hayward's (leg) recovery is to be completely be out of the walking boot.

Ainge added that he's expected to shed his walking boot in a couple weeks, so that's an indication that he's continuing to make progress. Ainge said back in October that he's not "counting on" Hayward returning this season, but it's unclear if his stance has changed. Boston fans shouldn't get their hopes up for the time being.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 09:57:00 AM

Gordan Hayward (leg) has shed his hard cast and is now in a walking boot.

Hayward is still expected to miss the entire season, but we'll continue to track his progress every step of the way.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 01:23:00 PM

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