Gorman: Why would Hayward be working out so much if he wasn't returning?

Even though Brad Stevens has unequivocally ruled out Gordon Hayward playing for the Celtics this season, C's play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman thinks otherwise.

"Here's my thing on Hayward," Gorman said Wednesday morning during his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich. "Everybody tells me that he's working out eight, nine hours a day. Just religiously working out, doing everything that they ask of him and more. It seems to me that if Gordon Hayward thought his next basketball game he was going to play in was next October, he might not be working out nine hours a day right now. He might be working out six. He might be doing just the minimum, knowing that it's a long-term thing.

"I think he's working out with the idea that he can be ready by the end of the season. Now whether they want to activate him, whether they want to play him or not, that's a whole different question. [But] I truly believe that before the playoffs are over, we'll see him in a Celtics uniform."