NBA: Hayward to play in Orlando but intends to leave for birth of 4th child
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will play during the NBA season restart in Orlando but intends to leave for the birth his 4th child while games are still on.
As he details with Tim Bontemps of ESPN:
New ESPN story: Gordon Hayward will leave the bubble, if Boston is still playing, for the birth of his fourth child in September. Story includes details on the procedures in place for a player leaving the bubble for an approved reason: https://t.co/h1EDjN4Uze
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 3, 2020
“There’ll be a time if and when we’re down there and she’s going to have the baby, I’m for sure going to be with her,” Hayward said of his wife, Robyn. “We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get there.”
The Celtics are pretty much in contention for a deep post-season run as they have a 43-21 record, 3rd so far in the Eastern Conference.
The NBA’s Orlando games will last until October for the Finals, and Hayward may indeed miss some playoff games.
His wife Robyn is due to give birth in September.
The league allows players to leave the “bubble” site for excused reasons; but in order to return, the player/s must be able to pass strict precautionary tests, including testing negative.
The 6-8 Hayward is averaging 17.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 4.1 APG, starting in all 45 games he has played this season for Boston.