Gordon Hayward says he’s ‘basically 100 percent’ after ankle injury

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

The Celtics open the regular season against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 16, and Hayward said he 100 percent expects to be on the floor.

Sports Boston's Sherrod A. Blakely dropped some exclusive reporting news on the Bulls Talk Podcast on Wednesday, saying that the New York Knicks are going to pursue All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in free agency.

"The last step for me, as far as from a physical standpoint, is just the little explosion, that little last juice [and] bounce that you get", he said. Even if I was 100 percent healthy, I'm not 100 percent basketball-wise, just because I haven't played in a year.

"I'm trying to figure those things out". "That's going to take maybe the longest time, but like I said, for the most part, I feel very good".

It isn't terribly surprising that a Knicks team trying to pair a superstar with Kristaps Porzingis with plenty of cap space would go after a five-time All-Star and National Basketball Association champion.

Hayward, who donned his green No. 20 uniform in front of reporters at the Auerbach Center, said the next month will be pivotal before the season begins.

"If they're able to get into the playoffs, and they're able to make a trade and get a guy like Jimmy Butler, then all of a sudden NY becomes a much more attractive destination", Blakely said.

In the four 5-on-5 games he's played, Hayward said he hasn't experienced any fear as far as cutting, jumping, or other activities on the court.

The Celtics were in sunny Los Angeles, it was another sub-zero winter day back in Boston, and Gordon Hayward was stuck in rehab, shooting baskets from a chair and picking up marbles with his toes to work his surgically repaired ankle back into shape.

The Brooklyn Nets, who have space for two max contracts next summer, were also said to be on Irving's list.

"Watching the guys previous year just gave me a lot of confidence in our team and what I think we have the ability to do", he said. "I'm moving forward - and past it".

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