Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward will be back in time for training camp

Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward will be back in time for training camp

Hayward played just 5.25 minutes in 1 game before severely injuring his leg and ankle.

If Hayward can successfully get back to playing like his former self next season, the Celtics will nearly assuredly be the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics couldn't even get a chance to reflect on their Game 7 loss before one of their players started talking about getting paid for next season. "That's going to eat at all of us for a while".

It was a rare sour note from a Celtics team that gave us plenty to root for this year. To make it that far in a star-driven league without your two biggest stars is just about unheard of. "But I just think Game 7, in Boston, all the circumstances that surround Boston, the history ... to come here in a hostile environment: (it's) right there". "I don't know [if they'll pay me]".

Marcus Smart will be a restricted free agent this summer, and he's reportedly seeking between $12-14 million, but if that's the case he might not get what he wants. "We think that he'll be playing basketball in the next couple months".




"That's what people say", Smart added after he was told that some of his teammates called him the heart of the team.

In his first season in Boston, the 26-year-old averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games. "And there's no guarantee that those deals are there", Ainge said. He had a deviated septum.

"It was a residual from the facial fracture he had earlier in the season", Wechsler said. Of course, this surgery - not unlike Kyrie Irving's surgery that effectively ended his season - comes as a surprise to most.

On the other hand, we learned a lot about the composition of this young Celtics team during this exciting playoff run. Ainge said Irving wasn't there because he underwent surgery to fix a deviated septum.

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