It has been almost a year since Rajon Rondo tore his right ACL. The all-star point guard is, however, taking major steps in an effort to try and get back on the court and help his squad.
Rondo has been practicing more and more with the team as of late, even orchestrating open scrimmages after practice hours to get a feel for live 5-on-5 play once again.
Still, however, Brad Stevens says Rondo will not return to the lineup in the team’s upcoming five-game road trip against Western Conference opponents. He may, however, spend some of that time with the Maine Red Claws - the Celtics Developemental League affiliate – according to his head coach.
“I would make that a decision on him and our staff,” Stevens said after practice Tuesday. “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.”
Stevens also said that Rondo is looking better and better, but the final decision to return would come from none other than the player himself.
“It’s going to be on him,” Stevens said. “Physically, I think he’s looking better and better. But that’s to be expected, you’re going to gain more confidence, but I don’t know when that translates to ready to play.”