Brad Stevens says it's 'unlikely' Rajon Rondo starts the season

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL. (USATSI)

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Tuesday it's "unlikely" that point guard Rajon Rondo will be ready by the start of the season. 

CSN New England reported last week that Rondo would miss the preseason and part of the regular season as he continues to recover from his surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Rondo's return will point a lot toward whether the Celtics will be genuinely trying to compete or tanking, a concept Danny Ainge adamantly denies the Celtics will pursue. Missing any significant time could prove costly for an already depleted roster after the draft-night trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. 

Without Rondo, Avery Bradley would likely be the starting point guard, though he's dealing with injuries and personal issues at the moment as well.

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