Unraveling Gordon Hayward's return, status and future

Though initially confused by Robyn Hayward's message to Gordon, I now lean heavily into the idea that, once back in the bubble, he will remain there until the Celtics are eliminated or walk away with Title #18. Robyn's words, "Next time we see you, you won't be the only boy", seem to indicate that scenario.



Gordon Hayward was diagnosed with a Grade 3 ankle sprain in Game One versus the 76'ers and tagged with a (roughly) four-week recovery timeline. Since that type of sprain normally requires several months of recovery, fans have to be somewhat skeptical of any information on Gordon's return to action. The timeline handed out by the Celtics places Hayward back on the court on-or-about September 17. I am glad that I am not the only one thinking he should come off the bench upon his return to action.



Boston truly needs a player off the bench capable of having a 20-point game. Bench points have been hard to come by in the post-season, and Gordon can supply the point production and almost everything else.

Hayward's future with the Boston Celtics is another matter. Frankly, his injury history with The Green has been spotty, to say the least. A number of fans may regard him as "made of glass." I am not one of them. My take on his status is that he has had an unlucky string of injuries that have taken him out for extended periods. But he may have weak ankles, and the right exercise regimen in the off-season might be the cure. I doubt Gordon will be looking at a multi-year max contract with Boston or any other team. But with a little luck, he may continue to be a very productive and valuable piece of any team's roster into his mid-30s. But right now, we need him back on the court with his teammates.

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