It would be a surprise if Gordon Hayward plays again this season as he recovers from surgery on his fractured tibia and dislocated ankle, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help the Celtics going forward. In fact, Boston coach Brad Stevens announced during the team’s 96-89 win over Milwaukee that Hayward will have a role with the team as he’s recovering.
Hayward underwent surgery last week, and there’s no word on when he’ll be able to return to the organization in any capacity, although his agent mentioned that it is unlikely that he will make it back onto the court this season.
But Stevens made it sound like he’ll be able to return to the team sometime soon. Once he does, he’ll have a new role within the Celtics’ video department.
There’s not much else about what Hayward will do in this role, but it’s really cool that the Celtics want to try and keep him around the organization as he works his way back to full health. Hayward was the Celtics’ big free agent signing during the offseason, as the team agreed to a four-year deal worth nearly $128 million with the franchise. While they won’t be able to get anything from him on the floor, at least their investment in Hayward will pay off in a different way during his first year as a Celtic.