Rondo has been practicing with the Celtics for several weeks, and he has said he wants to regain his conditioning before returning to the floor. There was talk of a possible D-League stint, but the point guard decided against it:
Rondo on D-league earlier this week. "Just changed my mind. Didn't want to do it. Had a bad dream."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 10, 2014
While Rondo said he'll return before the All-Star break, he didn't give an exact timetable of when he plans to come back. Instead, he was rather vague and offered up this gem:
When asked when he'll know that he'll be ready, Rajon Rondo said he'll probably just wake up one morning and play.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 10, 2014
Rondo underwent surgery on his right knee last February, and with the Celtics in the midst of a rebuild, he has shown extreme patience with his recovery. Boston showed some promise at the beginning of the season, but has now lost six games in a row.
Despite their recent struggles, the Celtics are just 1½ games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The return of Rondo could help Boston with a playoff push, although it's probably better for the future if the team misses the playoffs and gets into the lottery.