Agent: Gordon Hayward unlikely to return this season
The good news is Gordon Hayward underwent successful surgery to repair his broken tibia last night in Boston, and according to his father the procedure went as well as it could and agent Mark Bartelstein noted that Gordon is expected to make a full recovery:
G’s surgery was a big success! Thanks to Dr. McKeon & entire staff at NE Baptist Hospital who were truly amazing last night! #goCeltics#PTL
It's obviously best to play it safe when it comes to Hayward's health and to a lesser degree the future of the Celtics franchise. Although we didn't get a good look at the C's at full-strength this season we all know that knocking off the Golden State Warriors in 2017-18 was a real long-shot and the plan was to truly grow into a contender in the years to come.
Bartelstein is simply taking the pressure off Hayward by announcing that it's unlikely to return this season. The Celtics won't pressure Hayward into returning before he's ready, but if he is cleared later this season don't be surprised if he wants to get back on the floor. Another report out of Boston last night noted that a March return can't be ruled out:
New information on Hayward surgery. As good as doctors could hope. Clean break, no ligament damage. Prognosis is good. Best case? March
If Hayward is cleared later this season he's more than likely going to want to get himself acclimated to playing again. I'd imagine even if he played limited minutes at the end of the year he'd want to get back on the floor to clear his mind from the injury albatross so he can head into next season having already tested his healed ankle in a real game.