Gordon Hayward injury update: Celtics forward expected to be fully cleared by August
I’m excited to get back to it, Hayward wrote. I think at the recovery pace I’m currently on, I’ll probably start running again in July. Once I get started, I’ll be jogging, then running, and then cutting and moving, and all that could happen within one to two weeks of each other, to where by the end of July I am playing full court, 5-on-5 basketball. And that’s probably the most exciting thing I could tell all of you.
Hayward, 28, was selected by the Jazz with the ninth overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft but signed a four-year deal worth $128 million with the Celtics last July.
The Magic need a point guard, and Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Collin Sexton would make sense. But the team also needs talent, so it won’t be guided by position need here. Jackson or Bamba would be welcome.
They want to move up for Bamba, and maybe they can make that happen. But a gamble on Porter’s health would be worth it.
Samanic is a combo forward prospect on the search for minutes with Barcelona’s top squad. The 18-year-old has positional size and is skilled for being 6-He’s capable of handling the ball against closeouts and knocking down the occasional outside shot, although the accuracy there remains a question mark.
Samanic will likely enter next year’s draft as a long-term prospect for a team with some patience.
Wigginton’s freshman season production as a 4-star recruit at Iowa State likely went under the radar. He averaged 20.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per 40 minutes while shooting 40.1 percent on nearly seven 3-point attempts per 40 minutes.
The 6-2 guard is an impressive athlete for his position, but he needs to show he can more comfortably handle point guard duties and improve his 2-point efficiency as a sophomore.