Rajon Rondo isn't putting an exact number on his return date -- he maintains he'll be back this season -- but the point guard did put a very specific one on his recovery from an ACL tear and the following surgery, according to the Boston Globe.
He said his right leg is at about 87 percent, "give or take, depending on how my day goes."
Rondo was recently fitted for a right knee brace and foresees contact drills on the horizon. Still, he said he won't return to the court until he's comfortable and able to jump off his recovering leg to dunk. The biggest thing for Rondo is his ability to go full bore once he's cleared. Easing into a comeback isn't an option, he told the media on Wednesday after the Celtics' preseason win against the Brooklyn Nets.
Rondo tore his ACL in January and underwent surgery a month later. While the team awaits his return, Boston will likely begin the year with Avery Bradley at the starting point guard spot and rookie Phil Pressey earning backup minutes as he has throughout the preseason.