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Optimistic Ainge thinks Rondo could be back by next training camp

Jan 28, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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Part of the theory on why the Celtics may want to start revamping their roster is that Rajon Rondo’s knee injury is not only going to put him out this season but it would make him miss part of the next one, too. Then, when he did come back, he wouldn’t quite be himself for a while. Basically, next season might be lost as well.

But that’s not how Celtics GM Danny Ainge sees it.

Granted he spoke with doctors, but the timeline he laid out for the Boston Globe seems very optimistic.

“Rajon will get surgery in 10 to 14 days, when the swelling is right and we anticipate that he’ll back and as good as ever in training camp,” Ainge said. “(Kendrick Perkins) Perk came back in six months and that’s a little bit unusual and Adrian Peterson came back in six months and so did Wes Welker. I guess every body is a little bit different and [with] every injury there’s some differences.”

Perkins game was not based on quick lateral moves. It may not be as severe, we’ll see what comes out of the surgery, I look at two more comparable NBA players with recent ACLs — Derrick Rose and Ricky Rubio — and I see 10 months before they returned to the court (assuming Rose is back not long after the All-Star Game, as expected). And if you watch Rubio, he follows the pattern of so many others who came back from the injury as not being themselves at first. Again, depends on the details of the injury, but that timeline seems optimistic.

Also like Chicago and Minnesota, Boston and its front office need to think long term here — it’s not about just next season with Rondo, it is the five after that as he leads the Celtics through a transition. Boston needs to be patient and think long term.

Training camp could happen, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

As for sudden trades to shake up the roster, Ainge once again downplayed them.

“We’ll see what transpires here the next few weeks with this team,” Ainge said. “We’re waiting. We’re waiting to see who’s all available and see what our needs are. Right now we have no needs. We got 11 healthy bodies and it’s tough to get those 11 guys on the court. We have good healthy players that can’t get the time they deserve and they want so we have no need right now. We’ll see over the next few weeks what we need.”

They have no needs? Look for a move, maybe something like getting Kyle Lowry or another available point guard, but don’t expect the earth-shattering move yet. Ainge doesn’t seem to be there yet.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    It would be better for him to take his time instead of rushing back. Adrian Peterson recently said that he wouldn’t expect or want others to follow his own timeline. Everyone heals differently.

  2. j0esixpack - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Ainge is a smart GM. As the guy who said he felt the original Big Three should have been broken up, he’s also been on record on numerous occasions that members of the modern era BIg Three have always been available for the right deal – so we know trades are always a possibility

    Announcing his intent for a fire sale only hurts the value he can expect.

    Instead, by taking this posture he’s also telling the 11 guys he has on the team that the ball is quite literally in their court to show they can win without Rondo – which means they ALL have got to play better and harder than they have been.

    If they do that, at the very least they also increase their own trade value in the process.

    It’ll be interesting to see what Ainge does -he’s shown he can work trades that took the Celts from Worst to First even after having lost out on the #1 pick in 2007, I wouldn’t rule anything as improbable.

  3. missmd88 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    He played 12 minutes of basketball with a torn ACL and walked around for 2 days on it. Didn’t notice. Told doctors it was his hamstring. Never knew it was his knee. Maybe it was just a partial tear. Who knows? D-Rose also tore his MCL as well. No one is certain of the extent of Rondo’s tear.

  4. dko83 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    He will be back next year and better than ever. Also, he will have 35 triple doubles by age 27. Going back to being in mourning..

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Optimistic Chris Fiorentino thinks he will be winning the next Powerball. It’s like Bad Santa said…sh*t in one hand and hope in the other and see which one fills up first.

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