The idea seemed strange because you don’t usually see veteran NBA players in the D-League. It would be especially surprising to see an all-star quality player like Rondo playing for the Maine Red Claws, who are the Celtics’ D-League affiliate.
However, according to Celtics’ General Manager Danny Ainge, Rondo is on board with the idea.
“So we’ve been talking to Rajon — he’s just looking for opportunities,” Ainge said Thursday during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 The Sports Hub via Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston. “It’s funny, about 10 days ago he was looking for the guys in the office to get their gear on to go down and play 5-on-5 against him. There’s not enough practice time — there has been 5-on-5 practice, but we’re not playing game-like and going up and down; we’ve been playing so many games.
“He’s anxious to practice and to play. It was his idea [to consider Maine], actually, to go practice with the Red Claws and possibly play with Maine Red Claws at some point. But those are still in discussion. I’m not sure when he would do that, but that’s probably the next step.”
Rondo will began traveling with the team Sunday when the Celtics travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.