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Coach Brad Stevens refuses to put timeline on Rondo’s return

Aug 30, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

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When is Rajon Rondo going to be ready to play for Boston?

Danny Ainge was hoping for opening night. Jared Sullinger hinted it could be more like December.

New Celtics coach Brad Stevens is not going to play your game. At least publically. The Boston Herald tried to get him to say when Rondo would be back and Stevens would have none of it.

“I have never heard a timeline from him and the latest that I’ve heard from our medical staff is that he’s progressing well,” Stevens said at TPC Boston during the Deutsche Bank pro-am on Thursday. “Our staff has spent a little bit of time with him off site here as well as we followed up on his rehab when he’s been away.

“He will be back in town soon. He’s working. I know that for a fact. He’s working hard to get back as soon as he can and I’m sure he will.”

The odds Stevens really has no idea of the timeline is about the same that Miley Cyrus will get invited to do the Super Bowl halftime show.

However, once the Celtics put a formal timeline out there expectations follow. Ask the Philadelphia 76ers how those expectations can backfire. By dodging the question Stevens leaves Rondo a bigger window. That’s the prudent play.

The bigger question to me is once Rondo comes back and proves himself healthy, how much longer is he a Celtic? Teams will be approaching the Celtics (how does Caron Butler’s expiring deal, Brandon Knight and a first round pick sound?) Danny Ainge has left Rondo twisting in the wind listened to offers for Rondo for a few years now. This time does he pull the trigger?

  1. Kansachusetts - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Good Miley line!
    I wish someone would get an up-close interview with Rondo. He’s a fascinating guy and I’d like to know what he’s thinking. Jackie MacMullan would be ideal, but she has been hard on him in the past. I doubt that Rondo would give her that kind of access.

  2. metalhead65 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    if he is going to trade him he needs to give his old buddy Larry a call first. the pacers would be very dangerous with an elite point guard leading them. they can have Granger’s expiring deal and lance Stephenson. the pacers then can pay paul george the max deal he will want.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Terrible fit. I don’t get why Pacers fans are so down on George Hill.

      • metalhead65 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        it’s not that I am down on him but he is more of shooting guard than a pure point guard. he did not handle the pressure during the playoffs well at all. I don’t see how you can say having one of the best young point guards in Rondo to direct them would be a terrible fit at all.

  3. 1historian - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Until RR proves he is completely healthy and recovered all trade talk is just that – talk. After that it’s up to RR – if he proves to be a leader, it’s his team. If he proves to be a PITA (Figure it out) he’s gone. With his talent there is bound to be someone out there who figures he can handle him.

    Meanwhile the Celts already have 2 #1 choices next year, one of which will most probably be a lottery pick. They have 2 in 2015, 2 in 2016, 1 in 2017 and 2 in 2018.

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