Avery Bradley could miss up to two months for Celtics, says GM Ainge

Thursday July 26th, 2012

Avery Bradley could miss the first two months of next season as he recovers from two shoulder surgeries. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley could miss up to two months of the regular season as he recovers from two shoulder surgeries since May, according to NBC Sports' CSSNE.com.

Ainge told CSSNE.com that there's a possibility Bradley could be out for a month but it's unlikely he would sit any longer than two months:

"We know there's a possibility that Avery won't be able to play the first month of the season," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com. "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."

Bradley last played in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. He had surgery in May and then another surgery at the beginning of July to stabilize his shoulder.

Once he does return, he'll be competing for minutes with the recently-acquired Jason Terry from the Dallas Mavericks and Courtney Lee from the Houston Rockets. In 64 regular season games for the Celtics last season, in which he started 28, Bradley averaged 7.6 points on an impressive 49-percent shooting. Though not quite an offensive threat in his two seasons in the league, the Celtics have found Bradley to be a reliable perimeter defender over the course of last season before losing him in the playoffs.

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