Avery Bradley getting closer to return for Celtics

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio WEEI Thursday, and addressed the recovery time of injured guard Avery Bradley, as well as any lingering fallout from Rajon Rondo’s recent two-game suspension.

Though he didn’t want to commit firmly to the timetable, Ainge suggested Bradley could return after the Celtics’ post-Christmas West Coast trip, which concludes on Dec. 30 against the Sacramento Kings. Additionally, Ainge said the team will consider sending Bradley up to Portland, Maine, to play in a handful of rehab games with the Red Claws before he returns.

“I think our timetable is to get him back probably after the West Coast trip,” Ainge said. “I mean, that’s hopeful. I hate doing timetables, but we are getting closer, and he is looking good. We’d like to get him practicing, and we’re going to contemplate the possibility of some rehab games in Portland, maybe one or two. Maybe none. But we’ll be really careful with Avery.”

– Reported by Greg Payne of ESPN Boston