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Danny Ainge says Gordon Hayward suffered a setback in rehab

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge revealed in an interview Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show that Gordon Hayward recently suffered a setback in his rehabilitation.

Ainge noted Hayward’s setback occurred approximately a month-and-a-half ago, adding it was caused by “progressing a little too fast” through rehab. Ainge added the setback is the reason why both he and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens have been adamant in recent weeks about tempering any expectations of Hayward returning this season.

Ainge mentioned how Hayward still has a “ways to go” in reaching a full recovery from a gruesome injury suffered in an opening night loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 17 when Hayward suffered as dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.

Perhaps the most ominous and concerning comments made by Ainge Thursday is how Hayward may require surgery in the coming offseasons, procedures he describes as part of an ongoing “maintenance” program.

The Celtics obviously are chartering the wisest course of action by exercising extreme caution in monitoring Hayward’s progress. Such a plan without question makes that much more sense given Hayward’s knee injury history, as Ainge noted in Thursday’s interview.

While Hayward has been fully committed to rehabilitation and remained remarkably positive throughout the injury ordeal, it’s been long suspected he would not make an appearance this season. Given the rehab setback, that’s all but certain now, it if was not already.