The Celtics have repeatedly said Gordon Hayward won’t return this season. Hayward’s agent called a return unlikely. An NBA-appointed doctor ruled Hayward was “substantially more likely than not” out through June 15.
Yet, there was a persistent undercurrent suggesting Hayward could return.
Celtics president Danny Ainge explained.
Jared Weiss of Celtics Wire:
The idea of Hayward returning this season was probably always overstated. Recovery is rarely straightforward. Minor setbacks should be expected.
This will probably revert expectations back where they belong.