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Jared Sullinger on Rajon Rondo’s return: ‘Hopefully he’ll be back by December’

Aug 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo suffered a torn ACL injury that prematurely ended his season last January, and while Celtics GM Danny Ainge has been eying an opening night return for this star point guard all along, the actual timetable may end up being a bit longer than that.

Jared Sullinger, a teammate of Rondo’s who also had a season-ending injury, said in a recent interview that he’s hoping to have Rondo back by December.

From Jay King of

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has stated publicly — several times — that point guard Rajon Rondo wants to return from ACL surgery by training camp and play on opening night.

Yet while speaking with WSYX Columbus on Friday, teammate Jared Sullinger shared a different timetable for Boston’s four-time All-Star.

“He’s back working out again and hopefully he’ll be back by December,” said Sullinger.

It’s unclear if Sullinger actually has any inside knowledge of how Rondo’s rehabilitation is going, or if he was just repeating something he heard a while back. But there’s obviously no reason to rush Rondo back to the court until he’s healed 100 percent.

As for Sullinger, he’s expected to be ready for the start of training camp on September 30.

  1. jacobknicks - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    It’s like I always say, when I want info on an injured star listen to last years number 1 pick and not the gm

  2. soxwin91 - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    “Sully” should probably keep his mouth shut re: injury return timetables considering he’s recovering from back surgery and will probably need many more back surgeries in what may ultimately be a brief NBA career.

  3. hdsnake867 - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Whenever Rondo gets there, that’s when he’ll play. It doesn’t matter what anyone says. It is what it is. Don’t believe Sully or Ainge. No one really knows except Rondo and his doctors. If its going to be a crappy season, then whether its game 1 or game 25 for Rondo’s debut, it won’t matter in April.

    • soxwin91 - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      “sully” should worry about his own rehab. His NBA career will likely be short because he has a bad back.

  4. onlyavoice - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Ainge Wants Back As Soon As Possible,
    So He Can Trade Him.

  5. jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Derrick Rose.

  6. 2016olympics - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Why rush him back when Boston has no chance at playoffs. Heat, Bulls, Nets, Knicks, Pacers…Pistons, Wizards, Cavs, Bucks, Hawks all better too. Once he comes back and proves he’s healthy, they should trade him so they can continue tanking for Wiggins.

  7. andyhr17 - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Why trade your best player when even if you do finish as the worst team you are not guaranteed that #1 pick. Karma seems to have a way of punishing the Celts when they tank. They do what you say, and the balls won’t bounce their way and they’ll end up with the #4 pick.

    • bougin89 - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Yep, that’s how it worked when they tanked for Tim Duncan.

      • skinsfanwill - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        WE should all know by now that Cleveland will end up with the first pick. has no one has figured this out yet.

  8. kvanhorn87 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    We all know they are trying to get Wiggins. Wouldn’t be surprised if they keep him out most of the year and the NBA rigs it for Boston.

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