Rajon Rondo didn't accompany the Boston Celtics when they flew from Los Angeles to Sacramento for Saturday's game against the Kings. He wasn't scheduled to play in the game anyway -- Rondo is still skipping most back-to-backs -- but he did not receive official permission from the Celtics to do so, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.
Rondo turned 28 on Saturday and multiple sources told the Herald that the reason he stayed in Los Angeles was to celebrate his birthday, but the point guard didn't have much to say about the situation when asked about it in Utah on Monday:
"We already talked about it," Rondo said. "There's nothing to talk about."
That doesn't appear to be the case. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said yesterday he is still looking into the situation.
"I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town," he told the Herald. "I'll find out more about what went into it, and then we'll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally."
"His wife and kids were with him in LA, and there were some other people who came in," a source said. "I think he felt obligated to them, too, and what they had planned for his birthday."
According to the Herald, there is a possibility that Boston will fine Rondo for this incident, but if not then there will just be clearer rules on the subject.
Rondo had 18 points, 10 assists and three rebounds against the Jazz on Monday.