March 10, 2018, 2:07 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward remains hopeful that he can return this saying, but doesn’t have his heart set on a return.
“It’s something where I’m really honestly not even thinking about it. I know we’re getting toward the end of the year. It’s something that I’m still working toward, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.” That’s a pretty level-headed outlook from Hayward, who did admit that “the hope is still there” for a return to the court before the season ends. He’s been doing work on an anti-gravity treadmill and could soon be cleared to run on his full body weight. While the Celtics insist that he’s not coming back this season, Hayward won’t outright shut down speculation that he might make some appearances down the stretch. It’s still incredibly unlikely, however, and fantasy owners don’t need to worry about stashing Hayward until we get some more concrete signs of progress.