Rajon Rondo practicing with D-League as return nears

Rajon Rondo

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Rajon Rondo worked out with Celtics’ D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws on Wednesday. It sounds as if Rondo and the Celtics have targeted Friday against the Lakers for his return, but that date has not been verified yet. The Celtics allowed Rondo to work out with the Red Claws, but he has already been recalled by Danny Ainge back to the Celtics.

“Rajon is progressing terrifically in his rehab and this is the next step. This is a brief assignment so that Rajon can participate in a workout this afternoon with the Red Claws and he will be called back up to the Celtics upon the conclusion of the workout.” – Danny Ainge

Rondo has not played since January of 2013 when he tore his ACL. He had surgery to repair his ACL and was hoping to return in either November or December, but his knee did not heal at the rate that doctors were hoping. All that being said, it appears that he’s ready to get back into the action and play at a high level.

He played in 38 games with the Celtics last season, averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. It will be very interesting to see how he performs without Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett in town. Boston is still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the extremely weak Eastern Conference, and the return of Rondo is going to help them out in a big way.

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