For today's NBA Notebook, we will start with the second part of our countdown to training camp series, designed to get you ready for the start of the preseason next week. Over the next few days, we’ll take a look at each position on the depth chart and what to expect from each player before the season begins.
LIKELY STARTER: Gordon Hayward CONTRACTUAL STATUS: $31.2 million for 2018-19, $32.7 million for 2019-20 player option for 2020-21 ($34.4 million). ELIGIBLE FOR FREE AGENCY: Summer of 2020, if he declines the player option. NOTABLE 2017-18 STATS: N/A
ASSESSMENT: The All-Star will be under the microscope from the jump of training camp, but luckily for his progression, the Celtics won’t need to put too much pressure on him to produce right out of the gate. There will be an adjustment period as Hayward gets used to playing full speed NBA basketball after missing the past 12 months, but he has battled through the recovery process carefully and has already eliminated some potential setback obstacles by removing the hardware from his ankle.