Gordon Hayward injury update: Brad Stevens will not 'put a timeline' on recovery

Gordon Hayward had his leg put in an air cast and was taken off the court on a stretcher in the Celtics' season opener.

Gordon Hayward suffered a horrific leg injury in the Celtics' season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday in Cleveland.

"From what I was told it was a dislocated ankle and a fracture, what is it a tibia down there? Whatever the bone is in the leg," coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. "So the doctors here have looked at it, our doctors have looked at it, and we'll know a lot more (when) he goes straight to the hospital when he gets home."

ESPN reported after the game that Hayward would have surgery Wednesday. But Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Hayward would evaluate a course of action Wednesday after undergoing MRI and CT exams in the morning.

Stevens would not put a timeline on Hayward's recovery.

"I'm not going to speculate or put a timeline on it," he told reporters Wednesday. He also said the team is still in discussions on surgery options.

Hayward jumped in an effort to catch an alley-oop pass but came down badly after colliding with LeBron James. Medical officials rushed to the floor and put his leg in an air cast before taking him off the court on a stretcher. He left Quicken Loans Arena in an ambulance on the way to the airport to fly back to Boston. According to ESPN, Hayward will be taken to New England Baptist Hospital, where he will have surgery Wednesday.

 

Hayward was picked up in free agency this offseason by the Celtics. He signed a four-year, $127 million contract. Hayward had two points and a rebound at the time of his injury.

The team announced Marcus Smart would start in place of Hayward prior to their Wednesday night matchup with the Bucks.

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