Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward will be back in time for training camp

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

For as loaded as the Celtics will be next season, with Irving and Hayward returning from injury, keeping their core together long term will be financially impossible unless a number of players take significant discounts.

Ainge was also asked about Kyrie Irving's deviated septum, which forced him to miss sitting on the sideline for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. And during an appearance on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe" on Friday, Ainge pointedly reiterated the importance of both Hayward and Irving.

Irving and the Celtics will be back in 2018-19. "I've been here four years". What Can I say, Lebron James, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant are talented National Basketball Association players all future Hall of Famers I'd say. 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.

"I get a kick out of the fact that everybody", Ainge said, "I mean everywhere I go, people don't think that we need Kyrie or need Gordon Hayward". The better your team becomes, the more sacrifices guys have to make. "But I just think Game 7, in Boston, all the circumstances that surround Boston, the history ... to come here in a hostile environment: (it's) right there". That said, at least it's after their season is already over and not just before the postseason.

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"It doesn't bother me at all", Ainge said. A knee injury has sidelined Irving since March 11.

In Game 7 against the Cavs, Tatum led the charge for the Celtics with 24 points and seven rebounds, with one monster dunk over LeBron James, that you can see below because it was just that awesome. Irving wore a mask while healing from the facial fracture. But his absence on the Boston bench was noted when the Celtics played his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ainge said Irving wasn't there because he underwent surgery to fix a deviated septum.

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