Celtics’ Hayward confirms he won’t be back this season

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

Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward wrote in a Facebook post to his fans that he won’t return this season after suffering a gruesome left leg injury on opening night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hayward underwent successful surgery and has been watching the Celtics games from home.

“The Celtics organization has been just over the top in every aspect,” Hayward wrote. “They know I will not be back on the court at all this season, but they have been making sure I have every resource I need and are making me feel like I am part of the team.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens says Hayward asked for a basketball as soon as he got out of surgery so that he could start shooting from his chair.

Stevens also stated Hayward will be used as a scouting resource over the next few months in conjunction with the team’s coaching staff.

“We are just going to throw him different assignments that we’re working on as a staff,” Stevens said. “Just to keep him engaged.”

The Celtics are 6-2 so far in the young season.