Gordon Hayward should be back on the court by the start of training camp.
The 28-year-old Celtics forward underwent successful surgery to remove a plate and screws from his injured left leg, the team announced Wednesday. Hayward is expected to resume basketball activities in six to eight weeks.
Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics in July. But, he suffered a gruesome leg injury in Boston’s 2017-18 opener against the Cavaliers and missed the rest of the season.
Hayward spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Jazz. He averaged 21.9 points and was named an All-Star for the first time in 2016-17.
Hayward played for current Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler from 2008-10.
The Celtics finished 2017-18 with a 55-27 record. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they fell to the Cavaliers in seven games.
Boston star Kyrie Irving was limited to 60 games in the regular season and missed the entire playoffs after he underwent two knee surgeries.