According to Gary Tanguay of Comcast Sports Net New England, Avery Bradley will be out until December after having offseason surgery on both of his shoulders.
As of right now I’d consider the source before basing it as fact, but there have been other reports saying the same thing. If Avery Bradley is out until December, a crisis was avoided with the moves Danny Ainge pulled off during the summer. With the additions of Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, there won’t be as much pressure as there could have been to bring Bradley back too quickly.
Will this have any impact on the Celtics and how they operate without him? Personally I don’t think this hurts the Celtics in a major way, seeing that they have a lot of depth in the back court, but they will certainly miss his stellar defense.
With Bradley out, I’d venture to say that Jason Terry will start at shooting guard for the beginning of the season. His veteran presence and 3 point specialty will be needed, especially since the Celtics will be without Bradley.
The Courtney Lee signing looks much better and more important after hearing news like this. His defense will be a decent replacement for the time being, and again, the Celtics depth at the shooting guard position for next season will allow Bradley to get the rest and recovery time he needs.
As the season approaches we’ll get a clearer picture on the time table of Bradley’s return. After reading and hearing from a few sources, December seems to be the consensus date for his return. There were reports earlier in the summer that Bradley could be able to play as early as opening night, but after having both shoulders operated on, that wasn’t possible.
The concern heading forward is the chance of this injury recurring in the future. Kendrick Perkins had this issue throughout his career in Boston, and seeing that Bradley is a slasher and a player who goes to the basket a lot, he could dislocate his shoulder again.