Celtics' Gordon Hayward says he's open to bench role

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens had made it a goal of his prior to the start of the season to use Hayward as a facilitator in offensive situations, something that Hayward now thinks would benefit his struggling team. This comes at a time when Carmelo Anthony is being routinely roasted for never being willing to accept such a role-it looks like Hayward has been paying attention.

One of those decisions could involve, Gordon Hayward coming off the bench for Boston, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Nor should we expect him to be - just over a year ago his leg was turned in a direction no leg should turn. "I said it before the season, it's whatever to me", he told Bleacher Report.

But things aren't as attractive in Boston as they should be right now, and Hayward clearly isn't performing at the level the Celtics wanted him to when they signed him in free agency last summer.

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There's confidence that Hayward will return to All-Star form but there are likely some frustration, from himself, about his play right now. You go through slumps.

"There's obviously a little bit of rust and sometimes you just go through those phases", he said. The shot feels good in practice and looks good and for whatever reason in the game, they're in and out. For a team with championship aspirations, that's not going to be good enough. Hayward is not all the way back yet: 9.9 points per game shooting below 40 percent overall and 31.9 percent from three, with a below-league-average PER of 12.9. In fact, he's open to anything that will help the team win.

Having already expressed concerns about how his minutes restriction might be negatively affecting Boston's on-court chemistry, Hayward's comments don't come as a surprise. He's not looking good at all, and that's a serious issue.

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