Gordon Hayward Rumors

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Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward
Position: F
Born: 03/23/90
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Salary: $31,214,295
Jackie MacMullan shared her thoughts on Arbella Early Edition Tuesday night. She cited Brad Stevens ‘force feeding’ Gordon Hayward to help him come back from his gruesome ankle injury as what started the Celtics’ chemistry issues that seemingly plagued the team all year long. “You hate to pick on Gordon Hayward because he was coming back from injury and he was doing the best he could, but I really think that’s where it started,” she said. “They were force feeding him on his teammates, Brad [Stevens] knew Gordon well, he wanted to get his confidence back.”
“I would contend that Brad Stevens would have done that for any player on that roster that had a catastrophic injury, he would want to fill him with that same confidence, but that’s not what happened,” MacMullan continued. “He gave the benefit of the doubt over and over to a player that wasn’t ready, to a guy who had history with him, and it rankled that locker room, and it bothered that locker room.”
Storyline: Boston Celtics Turmoil?
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge sounds bullish about Gordon Hayward’s chances of bouncing back to All-Star form during the 2019-20 season. Ainge expressed optimism about Hayward, who struggled this year to find consistency while working his way back from what was ultimately two surgeries following the gruesome ankle injury that all but erased his 2017-18 season. After a strong finish to the 2018-19 campaign and encouraging stretches in Boston’s opening-round sweep of the Pacers, Hayward struggled to impact the series against the Bucks.
“I’m really excited for Gordon’s upcoming season,” said Ainge. “He’s working hard right now in the gym. He’s here every day with five or six coaches and bodies out there working extremely hard. He’s put a lot of time in. I’m anticipating great things from Gordon this next year. I don’t really look at it as fading in the Milwaukee series. I look at it as sometimes it’s just opportunity. There’s only one ball out there. And I’m not worried about Gordon Hayward. I’m not worried about his future or how good a player he is. He’s doing everything he can. If he doesn’t become the player that he wants to be then it won’t be from a lack of trying. But I’m very excited and optimistic about his future.”
The mitigating factors are largely evident. Though most point to the original injury back in October 2017, there was also a second surgery in March 2018 to remove hardware from the ankle. Add to that fewer minutes and fewer shots than that to which he was accustomed and the fact Hayward was sticking to the offense when others around him often weren’t, and you have a rough recipe. There is room to question whether he will, under the circumstances here and perhaps lingering physical concerns, ever be the player he was before. That’s true for most anyone. Hayward is simply looking forward to the opportunity to be better. “It’s definitely been an experience this year, and it’s one that I’ve never had to go through,” he told the Herald. “But I think with all things, you can learn from it and you can use it, and that’s what I’ll try to do this summer.