After suffering a brief setback that caused him to have a metal plate removed from his ankle, Hayward is moving closer and closer to being back at full strength. The Celtics star is now “able to complete linear sprints and come to a full stop without any pain, another great step in his recovery.” According to the article, Hayward “plans to be at full speed, playing 5-on-5 drills in August.” “Most importantly, he is finally starting to feel like himself again, playing basketball pain-free.” Hayward sounds like he’s ready to get back on the floor with his teammates.
“I’ll be ready to go for sure, ... Since I’ve had my second surgery, I’ve been feeling a lot better. My ankle has reacted a lot better to different drills, strength movements and different things I’ve done on it, so the next step is go live and play against other people. Instead of just doing rehearse drills, I’m doing reactive drills. It’s doing a lot better.”
Earlier this summer, Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens stated that both Hayward and Kyrie Irving would be back on the floor in August, and today’s report matches up with that plan.
Here’s a few of Hayward’s recent Instagram posts to get you even more excited about his return to the floor.