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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Danny Ainge: Celtics have no plans to play Gordon Hayward this season

Gordon Hayward

Danny Ainge created a buzz on social media earlier this week when he shared a photo of Gordon Hayward without a brace on his ankle, but the Celtics general manager says fans still need to temper their expectations.

In an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich Show” Thursday morning, Ainge said any talk of Hayward returning this season is still very premature.

Here’s the tweet Ainge sent that Celtics fans couldn’t help but get excited about:

Hayward’s response to the tweet only made the Green Teamers more giddy:

Hayward suffered a horrific broken leg five minutes into his first season with the Celtics. He said in November that he will not be able to play this season, but his tone seems to have changed a bit in the past month. While that could mean his recovery is coming along better than expected, the Celtics gave the 27-year-old a max contract this past offseason. They are thinking long-term, which means they aren’t going to bring Hayward back until he is 100 percent healthy and there’s no risk of a setback.

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