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It seemed so perfect three years ago when Gordon Hayward, coming off his first All-Star appearance, signed with the Boston Celtics, reuniting with his college coach at Butler, Brad Stevens, who is the Celtics coach.
Just five minutes, 15 seconds into his first game with the Celtics on opening night in 2017-18, Hayward sustained a fractured ankle and missed the rest of the season. He was never really the same player with Boston, averaging 11.5 points in 2018-19 and