Boston, MA - According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics are considering using the NBA D-League as a step towards Rajon Rondo returning to the NBA basketball court. They are considering giving Rondo a period to play against competition before returning to full NBA action. Rondo has not played since January 25th when he tore his ACL, and is expected to return at some point in the coming month.
“I would make that a decision on him and our staff. That is something that has been discussed, probably some positives and negatives to that, but at the end of the day, it is an option as part of his rehabilitation.” - Brad Stevens, Celtics Head Coach
There are certainly some major positives in letting Rondo get his rhythm back on the D-League court rather than throwing him into NBA action. He would be able to develop the necessary confidence in his knee against lesser competition and also get back to taking the contact of professional basketball to an extent. The Maine Red Claws are the Boston Celtics’ current D-League affiliate.
Rondo has a chance to play within the next week or two, but it is also very possible that he won’t return until February. The Celtics are playing things extremely carefully, especially with all of the injury concerns this season for players who have come back from knee injuries. Boston is in playoff contention, and the addition of Rondo would be huge for them.
Many questions have been raised about how Rajon Rondo will fit into head coach Brad Stevens’ plans for the team, but the two sides appear to be excited to find out. Stevens has made it clear that he is excited to have Rondo running the point, and Rondo has been quoted as being excited to play for his new coach. The Celtics have quite a few pieces to compete, especially in a very weak Eastern Conference this season.
Trade rumors have also surrounded Rajon Rondo over this past offseason and even in recent days. The Celtics would have a much better chance of trading Rondo if he hits the court at some point in the next couple weeks if they decide to go that route.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.