Gordon Hayward doesn’t close the door on a potential return this season

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Gordon Hayward does not expect to return to the Celtics this season as he recovers from a broken left leg. However, the All-Star forward wouldn't rule out the possibility in a recent interview with the Boston Globe.

The 28-year-old forward 'hopes more than anything' he'll be able to return during the upcoming season, but he'll be sitting a very high standard for himself to return to the floor.

"It's definitely in the back of my mind," Hayward told Adam Himmelsbach. "I'm definitely pushing to get back as fast as I can, while making sure that I still have a lot of good years of basketball in me. And coming back early and hurting something else is not part of that plan. So I'm making sure that if I come back, I'm 1,000 percent confident in myself and my leg. I hope more than anything I can play this season. That would be awesome. But that's not something I'm stressing about. I'm stressing about what I can do today to help myself get better."