Celtics’ Hayward open to returning this season

Gordon Hayward is walking without a boot.

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.