Celtics’ Hayward open to returning this season

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward says he intends to be ready for the season-opening game.

Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward spoke to reporters prior to Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz and said his mind is open to returning this season.

Hayward suffered a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia on opening night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but is out of his walking boot and only wearing a small brace on his left ankle now.

Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million free agent deal with the Celtics over the summer after spending seven years with the Utah Jazz. The 27-year-old has career averages of 15.6 points.