Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge Gives Encouraging Update on Gordon Hayward's Return

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart


Boston's season ended with Sunday's 87-79 loss to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.

"Actually, this is probably the most I've ever screamed in my life", he said. However, Brad Stevens' team nearly pulled off the unexpected but fell in Game 7.

Without going too deep into the logistics of what the Boston Celtics should do with regards to their future, it's important to recognize their accomplishments this season, even through adversity.

Irving's struggles happened just prior to the playoffs while Hayward's absence has been notable since the beginning of the campaign. However, many questions arose in regards to whether or not Irving is ready for a return.

Yesterday's exit interviews were exactly about that - training camp and the next steps with a healthy team. "There wouldn't be lingering effects", Ainge said.

"Right now, they're young fellas and in order not to be young fellas they've got to persevere". City of the champions they call us, but Failure is the Key to success.

"I dealt with a lot of stuff in the summer", Morris said, "the court situation and my knee being the way it was". "I don't know in how many games, but I think they got homecourt advantage, it's tough".

Ainge also provided an update on Hayward's progress after the small forward suffered a leg injury just six minutes into the first game of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.

But the veteran executive, who has never shied away from making big decisions - just ask Isaiah Thomas - also dropped an ominous warning to the Texas native should negotiations go awry.

If they proved to be 100 percent recovered from injury, it is easy to say that Irving and Hayward will join Horford in Coach Brad Stevens' starting five.

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