After suffering a gruesome injury at the beginning of this season, it was expected that Gordon Hayward would miss the rest of the 2017-18 season.
Even head coach Brad Stevens came out and said on multiple occasions that Hayward won't return this season.
Then there's the people like Mike Gorman, NBC Sports Boston's longtime Celtics play-by-play announcer, who believes that Hayward will suit up again for the Celtics this season.
Mike Gorman on @985TheSportsHub: "Everybody tells me [Gordon Hayward] is working out 8-9 hours a day, just religiously working out doing everything they ask of him and more...I truly believe before the playoffs are over we'll see him in a #Celtics uniform. I just believe it."— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) March 7, 2018
Gorman has stated that he has no inside information, but would know as much as anyone if Hayward is capable of a comeback, besides Stevens.
The Celtics have taken the right approach as an organization by letting Hayward take the time he needs to rehabilitate. But one does have to think if the team makes a deep run in the playoffs, could Hayward be ready to go by that point?
The Celtics have not officially shut Hayward down for the year, so the speculation on his return will continue throughout the season.