The Celtics confirmed on Wednesday that both forward Gordon Hayward and center Aron Baynes underwent successful surgeries.
Hayward, who continues to recover from a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle suffered just minutes into his Celtics debut, had a procedure to remove a plate and screws that were implanted in his initial surgeries. The team’s report says that the plate and screws were beginning to cause “irritation” to the peroneal tendon in his ankle. He’s expected to return to full basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.
Celtics president of basketball ops Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday that Hayward’s bone and tissue were “completely healed” and that removing the plate and screws was the “safest bet” to avoid any lingering effects from the injury next season.
Medical expert Dr. Jessica Flynn told the Boston Sports Journal’s Brian Robb that Hayward’s surgery is normal for injuries of his nature and not a major concern moving forward.
Baynes, meanwhile, underwent surgery to repair a broken nose that he suffered during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s expected back to basketball activities in 2-4 weeks.
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