The Boston Celtics are hopeful Gordon Hayward will be able to resume full basketball activities this summer.
Hayward is recovering from a dislocated ankle suffered in the season opener.
"Gordon is progressing well," Ainge said. "He's on the court now, finally doing a little bit of competition, like just one-on-one. And he'll progress along that line slowly. We think that he'll be playing basketball in the next couple months."
Ainge admitted it had to be hard for Kyrie Irving and Hayward watch Boston's playoff run without them.
"I don't think any of us can really understand," Ainge said. "That never really happened to me as a player, so I'm not sure I understand, but I could see it in their eyes all year when Gordon was out. It hurts to not be able to play, especially when the team was doing so well, and same thing with Kyrie."