Doc Rivers: Avery Bradley ‘nowhere near ready’

Celtics guard Avery Bradley earned a starting job last season, but he’ll likely start the year on the sideline after surgeries to both shoulders in the offseason.

It was known that Bradley wouldn’t be ready for training camp, which opens Friday, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers provided an update on Bradley to ESPN Boston’s Jackie MacMullan.

“[He’s] not even close,” Rivers said. “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.”


Without Bradley, Courtney Lee or Jason Terry could start at the guard position. Rivers said he liked his depth at guard with Bradley, Lee, Terry, and Rajon Rondo in the fold.

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