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Celtics' Hayward posts video showing recovery progress

Field Level Media
July 22. 2018 11:46PM
Boston Celtics injured forward Gordon Hayward address the media at Celtics Practice Facility in November. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is continuing to make progress in his recovery from a pair of ankle surgeries that cost him all but a few minutes of last season.

Hayward posted a video of him working out on Instagram that shows the Boston Celtics star dribbling, making step-back jumpers, fadeaways and pull-up jumpers from outside.

“Working with @drewhanlen and the @puresweat guys to get back! Slowly but surely making progress day by day, week by week!” the caption reads.

Earlier in July, Boston president of operations Danny Ainge said Hayward had recently resumed running.

Ainge said the latest procedure was to remove a plate and screws from Hayward’s left ankle. Hayward broke the ankle on Oct. 17 prior to undergoing the first surgery.

“Before he left, he was running out on the basketball court,” Ainge told The Boston Globe. “He was back to resuming basketball activities. It feels great.”

Hayward broke the ankle in the first quarter of the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. His recovery was progressing until he felt soreness in the ankle.

The complications led to the second surgery in late May.

Hayward, 28, signed a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics as a free agent prior to the 2017-18 season.

Hayward spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz, averaging 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He was an All-Star for the first time in his final season with Utah when he established career highs of 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.