It appears even Avery Bradley is unsure of his own timetable to return from multiple shoulder surgeries this offseason. From a phone interview with CSNNE.com:
“I don’t know anything,” Bradley said. “They just want me to get healthy. That’s all they really tell me. They don’t really give me time frames.”
“We know there’s a possibility that Avery won’t be able to play the first month of the season,” said Celtics president Danny Ainge. “So we have to be prepared for that. You never know how these things play out. Will it be a month? Or two months? I don’t think it’ll be much longer than that, or he could be back sooner. You try to build a roster where you can get by with any injury, that can sustain you through a short period of time.”
While there was a great deal of concern earlier in the offseason about Bradley’s pending absence, the acquisition of Courtney Lee will help the Celtics fill the void while still allowing Jason Terry to come off the bench. Keyon Dooling and Dionte Christmas will likely also see play, helping round out the guard rotation while Bradley recovers. It’s frustrating that Bradley has now been denied three full off-seasons in a row, especially after the way he blossomed last year after the all-star break, but the most important thing for him right now is his health. With the roster depth Ainge assembled this offseason the team should be able to fill the void seamlessly until Avery is able to return.