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State of the Celtics: Bradley surgery, and Nenad update

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Avery Bradley will have a big load on his surgically repaired shoulders this season. Bradley won't have a safety net in Ray Allen. The starting role will be Bradley's without question. Terry will back him, and I think he'll get the big minutes in the final stretch of games.

BostonHerald.com - Blogs: Celtics Insider

"Celtics guard Avery Bradley will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday at New England Baptist Hosptial, according to assistant general manager Austin Ainge, and will miss the team’s training camp as a result.

Ainge acknowledged that the additional surgery — Bradley also had left shoulder surgery in May — will not only force the blossoming shooting guard to miss the team’s camp, but will likely keep him sidelined for the first part of the season. Celtics coach Doc Rivers concurred with that assessment. "It could be early in the season, it could be mid-Decmeber," Rivers said of a possible Bradley return. "We’re just not sure."

But of course that's news unwelcome. I would have preferred a full camp for Avery in his new role as starter. Will Bradley even get his spot back? The Celtics will get their hands on someone to play shooting guard. I don't think the Celtics want to start Terry, so they need to find a replacement for Allen, and a solid two guard to start until Bradley returns.


Sign-and-trade Kristic?


"The new collective bargaining agreement appears to make that impossible.


After the tomfoolery that occurred with Keith Van Horn (Nets land Jason Kidd) and Aaron McKie (Lakers land Pau Gasol), the league closed a loophole in the new CBA by noting that a player can no longer be included in a sign-and-trade unless he finished the previous season on the team's roster.


That appears to wipe out that option for Boston. Now, if the Celtics simply want to re-sign Krstic -- provided he desires to return to the NBA -- they can go over the salary cap to bring him back. Acquired in the trade deadline swap that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City, Krstic earned $5.5 million in 2010-11. And, regardless of how Greg Stiemsma's restricted free agency plays out, Boston could always use a big man."

My first thought? Oh sure, allow the Lakers to be the last team to do it. Now I think , how should their be any loopholes in the NBA? And can Danny find a new one? All of us are wanting a good trade of some kind, and especially after the Ray Allen departure. Danny will get someone, but we just have to wait.

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Reply paul
10:08 AM on July 9, 2012 
I'm not waiting with baited breath for a trade. What we have already is pretty good.