Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward undergoes successful surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart

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Ainge also provided an update on Hayward's progress after the small forward suffered a leg injury just six minutes into the first game of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.

But Hayward's procedure comes as the season is over on the heels of an unexpected deep Celtics playoff run with its two star players sidelined.

Jayson Tatum is taking the Warriors in the NBA Finals.

When Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him, Ainge pounced, giving up fan favorite Isaiah Thomas in a package that left Boston with 11 new players.

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We now know why Irving wasn't at the game.

Danny Ainge has always been a fan of Marcus Smart, so it should come as no surprise that the Boston Celtics president of basketball operations would like to find a way to keep the hard-nosed guard in green this offseason. "Gordon is progressing well", Ainge said.

Irving underwent nasal surgery a few days earlier to fix a deviated septum.

But that performance didn't stop him from telling ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that he was worth more than $14 million annually in restricted free agency this summer.

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But having too many excellent players is an incredible problem to have.

"We think this is the final step from a medical standpoint", the Celtics president said today.

"I don't think he wanted to be seen", Ainge said, before joking that "he's a really good-looking guy". The Celtics are going to need to stay as far underneath the luxury tax as possible, which will not be very far, and Baynes affords them that opportunity. Now I understand why the rest of the National Football League fans hates us going to so many Super Bowls. Irving has not played since March because of a knee injury. Still, the hobbled Celtics thrived in the postseason, pushing Cleveland to seven games before losing in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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