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Danny Ainge posts photo of Gordon Hayward without ankle brace

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 17: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics warms up prior to playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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It’s still not clear whether Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will return this season, but at least he’s making progress.

On Tuesday, Celtics GM Danny Ainge posted a photo to Twitter featuring Hayward without a brace on his ankle, specifically pointing out as much.

Whether this is gamesmanship by Ainge and Hayward is unclear, but it certainly has to have Boston fans jonesing for a return this season for their offseason acquisition.

Via Twitter:

Reps for Hayward have previously said they did not expect him back this year, but perhaps he is ahead of schedule?

His earliest return date was supposed to be March, and indeed guard Kyrie Irving got folks talking by posting a photo of Hayward to Instagram featuring the date 3/23.

We’ll have to wait and find out.