Hayward has been rehabbing a again damage which induced him important ache through the preseason along with recovering from a damaged fibula and dislocated ankle he suffered throughout final 12 months’s season opener.
Earlier than observe Friday, each Hayward and Stevens spoke to the media concerning the staff’s upcoming season opener in opposition to the 76ers on Tuesday and Hayward’s progress.
Stevens advised reporters Hayward “will in all probability be a bit of restricted early from a minutes standpoint.”
Hayward stated he was feeling higher, however added “the primary week of observe was tough on (him).”
Earlier than final season, Hayward performed in each sport previously 4 seasons with the Jazz.
His stint in Utah lasted a complete of seven years after the Jazz chosen Hayward because the ninth-overall choose within the 2010 draft. He then penned a four-year, $128 million contract in July 2017 to begin his time in Boston.