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Ainge reveals Celtics’ post-Rondo strategy
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 29, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
There are no easy answers, so Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge left us with questions.
All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo is out for the season. He will have surgery in 10 to 14 days to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. That much is certain.
The rest, Ainge says, is a waiting game.
“We’ll see what transpires here the next few weeks with this team,” Ainge said Tuesday, via The Boston Globe. “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.”
That means Celtics fans can expect natural scoring guards Jason Terry, Avery Bradley and Leandro Barbosa to play point. That means swingman Paul Pierce likely will initiate the offense. That means Kevin Garnett will be the team’s best passer.
For now, at least.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 21, though. Boston has a few pieces it could move, either in abandoning playoff hopes and launching a rebuilding mission or finding a temporary playmaker to fill Rondo’s role.
“I don’t know,” Ainge said. “We’ll wait and see the next few weeks. We have to give it a shot. It’s a hand we’re dealt.”
The options out there may not be great, anyway. Teams don’t just give up good point guards very often, and the most lucrative player on the block is Rudy Gay, who plays the same position as Pierce.
Boston doesn’t need a long-term option, though. Rondo’s ACL surgery generally requires six to eight months of down time.
“We anticipate that he’ll be back and as good as ever in training camp,” Ainge said. “(Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins) came back in six months and that’s a little bit unusual, and (Minnesota Vikings running back) Adrian Peterson came back in six months, and so did (New England Patriots wide receiver) Wes Welker. I guess every body is a little bit different and every injury, there’s some differences.”
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