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Celtics assistant coach Scott Morrison says Gordon Hayward is getting stronger, faster, leaner this summer

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Boston Celtics assistant coach Scott Morrison says small forward Gordon Hayward is getting stronger, faster and leaner this summer.

Morrison is coaching the Celtics’ 2019 Summer League team. He says Hayward has been in the gym all offseason and is poised to have a great 2019-20 season:

This past season, Hayward averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free-throw line. The 29-year-old was unable to regain his All-Star form after suffering that gruesome ankle injury on opening night in 2017-18 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics, though, are excited to see what Hayward is going to look like next season after another year of recovery and being able to play basketball in the summer.

Boston is going to have to rely on Hayward a lot more in 2019-20 with the departures of All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. The Celtics signed Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter after losing Irving to the Brooklyn Nets and Horford to the Philadelphia 76ers. Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will all have to take their games to another level for Boston to avenge its disappointing 2018-19 campaign.

The Celtics will pay Hayward $32,700,690 next season. It’s unlikely he will ever live up to that contract, but Boston is looking forward to seeing what Hayward can bring to the table.