Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Monday he expects Rajon Rondo to be ready for Celtics training camp in October after he was declared out for the season Sunday with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.
“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.”
Ainge said he has no plans to make immediate trades or major roster changes. The Celtics are currently in the eighth and final playoff spot but are just 5 1/2 games behind third-seeded Chicago after their double-overtime win Sunday over the Miami Heat.
“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.”
When asked whether the Celtics can accomplish their lofty preseason season goals without Rondo, he said didn’t know.
“We’ll wait and see the next few weeks. We have to give it a shot. It’s a hand we’re dealt.”
Meanwhile, according to an NBA source, former Celtic Delonte West, now playing with the Texas Legends of the NBADL, is interested in returning to Boston. West last played for the Celtics during an injury plagued 2010-11 season.