Boston Celtics‘ point guard Rajon Rondo is closing in on a return.
To help him prepare for a return, potentially on Friday when the Celtics host the rival Los Angeles Lakers, Rondo worked out with the Celtics’ NBA Developmental League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, on Wednesday.
Rondo went to Maine, practiced with the Red Claws and then was recalled to Boston in the afternoon by general manager Danny Ainge.
“Rajon is progressing terrifically in his rehab and this is the next step,” Ainge said via Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston. “This is a brief assignment so that Rajon can participate in a workout this afternoon with the Red Claws and he will be called back up to the Celtics upon the conclusion of the workout.”
Rondo has not played since January of 2013 when he tore his ACL. He underwent surgery in February and initially hoped to return by November or December. On Monday, Rondo hinted that Friday was be his return via twitter.
Before going down last year, Rondo was averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.