Boston Celtics announce Rajon Rondo has been assigned to D-League team
The Boston Celtics issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that point guard Rajon Rondo has been assigned to the D-League’s Maine Red Claws, although Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge indicated that the stay will be short-lived.
“Rajon is progressing terrifically in his rehab and this is the next step,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, via NBA.com. “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.”
The news that Rondo won’t be with the Red Claws for very long lends further credence to Rondo’s cryptic tweet on Monday that hinted he intends to be suited up, on the court and ready to play in the team’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Rondo has yet to play in a game this season after undergoing surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee in February of last year.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens admitted on Tuesday he saw Rondo’s tweet but declined to say whether or not the point guard will play on Friday.
“No, I heard he tweeted, in fact I saw the tweet, I thought it was how many people go back for Thanksgiving seconds,” Stevens was quoted as saying in a report from The Boston Globe. “He told me I was wrong but I’m still trying to figure out what it means. He’s a pretty bright guy who shares his thoughts in unique ways. I kind of gathered that he was coming back fairly shortly. I’m guessing everything I could tell, it’s not [Wednesday]. Obviously we’re playing for the very short term without him but hopefully we’ll have him back very soon.”
The quick trip to the D-League certainly makes it seem all the more likely. And that’s a good thing, because fans can instead marvel at his considerable talent on the court as opposed to his befuddled reactions to stats sheets while seated on the bench.