According to a report by Jackie MacMullen, Avery Bradley is still far away from being able to contribute in Celtics camp:
“Not even close,” Rivers told ESPNBoston.com. “I don’t like to put a time limit on injuries, but I don’t think you’ll see him before December — and there’s a chance it could be closer to January.”…
Early last month, Bradley said he wasn’t sure when he’d be able to fully resume basketball activities.
“For any athlete, especially me being a young athlete, it’s hard for me to not to be able to wake up every day and play the game of basketball,” Bradley said. “It’s hard for me. I just have to take it day by day and let my body heal itself.”
This is tough news for the Celtics, but at this point it is about giving Bradley enough time to be reincorporated into the Celtics rotation by the time the playoffs roll around. If the return date is truly December or January the Celtics can fight through the lengthy part of the NBA season without Bradley. Conversely, if it is similar to that dreaded KG knee injury where the recovery timeline might have well been written on a napkin, the Celtics should start thinking about contingency plans. The surplus of guards acquired by the Celtics this offseason should prove valuable– the Celtics depth affords them some leeway in terms of limiting minutes for some of the aging bodies and coping with injuries. Best of luck to Avery in the recovery process, as the Celtics are a significantly more dangerous team with him on the court.