No timetable set for Gordon Hayward's return

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He also said the team is still in discussions on surgery options.

Hayward was only a few minutes into his Celtics career when he landed awkwardly on the floor, causing his ankle to end up in a disfigured form enough to elicit pained reactions from spectators and fellow players alike.

Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Gordon Hayward, has told ESPN that he believes it's unlikely that the 27-year-old Hayward will return to the Celtics this season. The surgery was performed by Drs.

According to Hayward's agent Mark Bartelstein, it's unrealistic to expect the star forward to be on the court again this season.

Hayward made a surprise appearance before last night's home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks via the Jumbotron and from his hospital bed.

"I think so", he said. "But I'll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck". I just tried to give him words of encouragement.

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"I think that we will probably look at the roster spot", Stevens said.

"We'll see how that works itself out". "We're just keeping Gordon in our prayers, hoping everything is all right".

Celtics forward Daniel Theis wrote "GH20" on his shoe, and a fair number of Hayward's No. 20 jerseys were visible in the crowd.

The team announced Marcus Smart would start in place of Hayward prior to their Wednesday night matchup with the Bucks.

Stevens noted how his players' thoughts are on Hayward. "This is a setback, but there's going to be a full recovery".

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