Gordon Hayward reportedly has surgery, unlikely to return for season

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Gordon Hayward entering New England Baptist Hospital on Tuesday night. –WBZ

Minutes after tip-off of the Celtics’ home opener, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Gordon Hayward’s surgery had been scheduled for Wednesday night. Hayward spent Tuesday night at the New England Baptist Hospital in Mission Hill, after being transported from Cleveland.

Following the surgery, Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN that the forward is “unlikely to return this season. Barstelstein — who previously had said tests revealed a “clean” break — added that they still expect the 27-year-old to “make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Prior to his son’s procedure, Hayward’s dad tweeted a request for prayers and included the hashtag #Godsgotthis. On Wednesday morning, he followed up with a tweet announcing that Hayward’s surgery was “a big success.”

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Though he was not physically present at the Garden for his team’s first contest on their own parquet, Hayward’s presence was still felt via a special message for fans and his teammates. The recorded video was broadcast on the jumbotron at the conclusion of the Celtics’ pregame ceremony.

“What’s up everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers. I’m going to be alright,” Hayward relayed from his hospital bed. “Hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more to be there with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight, but I’ll be supporting you guys from here and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”