It has been just over a week since Boston Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward suffered a season-ending broken leg injury in the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With that in mind, Chris Forsberg of ESPN is reporting that the Celtics plan on keeping Hayward busy once his returns to the team next week.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he expects Gordon Hayward to be back around the team when it returns home next week and he'll put the rehabbing forward to work with video projects. Said Stevens: “We are just going to throw him different assignments that we're working on as a staff, just to keep him engaged … and give some of our younger players his insight.
Boston clearly wants Hayward to stay involved in some capacity with the team even if he can't take the court. He has plenty to offer given his insight and knowledge of the game that he has gathered over his career.
Meanwhile, it also allows for Hayward to stay connected to the team and muster up more motivation to work through his rehab to come back stronger next season. He is dealing with the first major injury of NBA career that has put him on the path of having to work his way back from it.
That said, the further he gets along in his recovery, the more involvement he should have with the team this season.