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.
Asked if there's any chance he could return this season, Gordon Hayward, said, "My mind is open to that. I'm trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal. Taking it day-by-day, goal-by-goal. We'll see what happens."
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 16, 2017
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.