Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo has been out since January 25 after partially tearing his ACL. Rondo is nearing a return and the Celtics may decide to make a rather unorthodox move in Rondo’s rehab by placing him in the NBA’s Developmental League.
#celtics coach Brad Stevens said Rajon Rondo heading to NBADL Maine for game action “is a possibility for sure,” and has “been discussed.”
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) December 30, 2013
The Celtics’ D-League affiliate is the Maine Red Claws.
This would be a big surprise to everyone because NBA doesn’t usually send veteran players, especially those of all-star quality like Rondo down to the D-League for rehab. However, it is a common practice in other sports, namely Major League Baseball.
Of course, this is coming from Stevens and Rondo may not be on board with the idea. Or perhaps Rondo think it’s a good idea and thinks it could be a good way to regain his stamina, which is reported to be the only hurdle left in his rehab.