Boston Celtics

Sep 30, 2019; Canton, MA, USA; Celtics guard Romeo Langford (45) poses for a portrait at media day. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Gordon Hayward’s loss will be Romeo Langford’s gain, as the Celtics have recalled the 2019 first-round pick from the G League’s Maine Red Claws ahead of Monday’s head-to-head with the Mavericks.

The 20-year-old Langford, who was originally assigned to the Red Claws on Nov. 4, will return to the C’s after a strong showing in Maine’s season-opening over Delaware on Nov. 9.

Getting the nod at starting small forward, Langford totaled 27 points behind a 10-for-15 shooting night, and also piled up six blocked shots, five rebounds, and two assists in 32 minutes.

As previously mentioned, Langford’s return to the NBA comes on the heels of the broken hand Hayward suffered in the Green’s win over the Spurs this past Saturday.

Hayward, who was looking like the Jazz talent who played his way into a max contract with the Celtics back in 2017 through the first few weeks of the season, is set to meet with a specialist on Monday. The Celtics expect to have a better idea of Hayward’s timeline for a return following that meeting.

The 6-foot-4 Langford, drafted with the 14th overall pick in last June’s draft, appeared in two preseason contests for the C’s earlier this fall, and averaged 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per night in 31 games with the Indiana Hoosiers last year.

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