Gordon Hayward has surgery, will be ready for next season

Gordon Hayward has surgery, will be ready for next season

Gordon Hayward has surgery, will be ready for next season

Kyrie Irving did not attend the Boston Celtics' Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers as he was recovering from nasal surgery.

Irving and Hayward must have wondered how much they could have helped if they had remained healthy.

The money will be a huge issue for the Celtics and they need to either clear cap space trading away several role players or just let him walk, as Brad Stevens really trusts his deep squad.

Because of that, Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge voiced support of the two players shortly after the season ended.

"They've got too much going on".

With Irving and Hayward due back, there are questions about whether there will be enough shots to go around for everybody. So we need Gordon and Kyrie absolutely. "We learn that as players early, early in our careers when there's trades that happen or when injuries happens". "But I just think Game 7, in Boston, all the circumstances that surround Boston, the history ... to come here in a hostile environment: (it's) right there". "It was one of those games we lost that we should have won". If I were a betting man (I am) my money would be on year nine to be the breakthrough. "I want to be here", Smart said.

Ainge will likely aim to sign Smart to a one-year, $10 million deal.

The biggest issue for the Celtics this year is holding onto guard Marcus Smart, who is a restricted free agent and expected to draw offers of $12 million to $14 million.

During the playoffs, as Jayson Tatum lit up the scoreboard and Terry Rozier took over the fourth quarter of games, some folks started to dismiss injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

Now, with the Eastern Conference Finals in the proverbial rear-view mirror, the Cavs have shifted their focus to the NBA Finals and fourth consecutive meeting with the Golden State Warriors.

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