• Celtics' Gordon Hayward says he's open to returning this season

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    BOSTON - Celtics guard Gordon Hayward says he is open to playing this season, but says it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle.

    Hayward was at TD Garden on Friday for Boston's matchup with the Utah Jazz, the team he left this past summer in free agency after seven seasons to sign a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics. He was injured in Boston's season opener at Cleveland.

    Wednesday marked a milestone in Hayward's recovery process, when he was able to shed the walking boot he's been using since his surgery in October. He will continue to wear a protective brace during the rehab process.

    He said he doesn't know how long he will have to wear the brace. But he said he is now allowed to do some shooting and begin working more on mobility.

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