Gordon Hayward on potential return this season: ‘My mind is open to it’

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Speculation continues to ramp up about the possibility that Gordon Hayward could return and the All-Star forward did little to pour any cold water on it on Friday night.

In just his second visit to the TD Garden this season, he spoke with the media before Friday's matchup against his former team. Upon questioning, Hayward left the door open to a return later in the season from his leg and ankle injuries.

“My mind is open to that," Hayward said when asked about the possibility of him playing this year. "I’m trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal and taking it day by day, goal by goal. We will see what happens.”

Hayward recently ditched his protective walking boot for good and is now wearing a brace as he continues his recovery.