Brad Stevens counting on full roster when Boston Celtics open camp –

Less than three weeks from now, every NBA team will officially open their training camp. As the Boston Celtics gear up for that date, coach Brad Stevens is anticipating his entire team will be ready to go come Sept. 25.

Stevens was at the annual ABCD Hoop Dreams charity event at TD Garden last night and said he has been told that everyone — including injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward — will be available when training camp opens

“I’ve been told that everybody is going to be ready to go,” Stevens said. “It’ll be a great opportunity to start afresh with a brand new team, though we do have a lot of guys back, and see if we can be the best version of ourselves.”

Irving and Hayward missed 22 and 81 games, respectively, with injuries last season. Irving missed the final 15 games of the 2017-18 season and the entire playoffs to repair his left knee. Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury just five minutes into his Celtics debut after defecting from the Utah Jazz via free agency last summer.

Stevens has kept tabs on Hayward’s progress and says he expects him to be fully cleared to practice soon.

“He looks good,” Stevens said of Hayward. “I saw him a couple of weeks ago in San Diego. I went out there and watched him work out. He looked really good. Then, two weeks or three weeks later, seeing him again … you can’t tell anything from my untrained eyes. He looks good. He’ll be cleared to go some 5-on-5 here very, very, very soon.”

Hayward has documented his injury rehab process and workouts via social media and said earlier this summer on his web site that he hoped to be participating in full-court, 5-on-5 workouts by late July.  

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