Just a few days ago, Rajon Rondo was cleared by doctors for practice, a sign that a return seemed to be looming. However, general manager Danny Ainge said a Rondo return won’t take place for at least the next few weeks, at minimum as he ‘doesn’t think he’s close’:
“I don’t think he’s close,” Ainge said. “I don’t think it’s gonna happen in the next few weeks. We’re not on pins and needles about it. We’re being very cautious with Rondo. He’s still got a little bit of a limp. He needs to get his strength back.”
It’s a bit of a disappointment considering Rondo was expected to meet with Dr. James Andrews this week (a meeting that has been pushed back) and had been seen practicing and take part in footraces with teammates, looking quite spry.
Of course, the Celtics have little reason to push for Rondo’s return as they’re likely to miss the playoffs, so it’s best for all parties that Rondo be 150% healthy when he does return.