2019 first-round pick Romeo Langford won't be ready for training camp

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By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Boston Celtics do not expect to have Romeo Langford ready for the start of next month's training camp, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed.

"[Langford] still has a cast on, so that tells you he’s not going to be ready when we start our training camp," Ainge said. "But I don’t have a timeframe for him yet.”

The extended and expected absence for Langford, drafted with the No. 14 overall pick in 2019, comes after the Indiana product underwent surgery to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist on Sept. 22. That surgery ultimately ended Langford's postseason run, which already looked to be done for after he suffered an adductor strain in Game 2 of the Green's third-round series against the Heat.

Injuries were the name of the game for Langford in 2019-20, really, with that lingering wrist injury, that adductor strain, and arriving to the Celtics recovering from a thumb injury he suffered with the Hoosiers in 2018-19.

During that injury-interrupted 32-game sample with Boston, however, Langford averaged 11:33 per night, and shot 35 percent from the field, including 18.5 percent from deep with makes on just five of 27 tries from three-point range. Langford also appeared in seven postseason games, too, totaling 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 46 minutes of play.

But even with a cast, Langford's presence and work ethic hasn't been an issue, as noted by Ainge.

“He’s been in the gym working every day," Ainge offered. "He’s working very hard."

The Celtics will report to camp in the first week of December in preparation for a Dec. 22 start to the 2020-21 season.

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