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Rajon Rondo could eventually head to D-League for some rehab

Dec 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo is working his way back from his torn ACL and while he is working out it could well be a month before we see him step on an NBA court.

But we might see him on a D-League court sooner.

It what would be a rare move, the Celtics are considering sending Rondo to the Maine Red Claws, their D-League affiliate, to get a few games under his belt.

I think this is a trend we could see more and more of in the NBA as the D-League becomes more like a traditional minor league for teams.

You see this all the time in baseball, guys getting a few swings or a few innings on the mound at a AA team before coming back up to the majors. Why not have Rondo out there shaking off a little rust with these guys?

Plus, what a boon for the D-League and teams that are always trying to find ways to sell some tickets.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    If I were Boston, I would hold him out through the year( if possible). With him, they have a very good shot at winning the Atlantic. Id much rather finish with one of the worst records, considering how good this draft is. Rondo alongside a Wiigns or Parker, would set them up for years to come. Plus we know Stern is good for one last draft rig.

    • andyhr17 - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Finishing with one of the worst records went out the window a long time ago when other teams decided they wanted to tank even more than the Celtics did. As bad as the Celtics are, they are good enough to make the playoffs in the east. At this point might as well focus on developing the young players they have and if they make the playoffs then they make the playoffs. They can just hope that the Hawks finish even worse than they do so they can have that better first round draft pick.

  2. rickyspanish - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I would love to see Rondo in a D League game. It makes me wish there was a D League team in my area.

  3. j0esixpack - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Hmm – almost sounds as though Ainge wants to showcase Rondo’s healed knee. Going up against some lesser competition won’t make him look too bad to another team either.

    Just sayin’

    • andyhr17 - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Yes because all those other NBA teams don’t know that this young Rondo kid is capable of…….

      • j0esixpack - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        I sense some sarcasm here – but you might not be aware that Rondo is coming off of a significant injury.

        You might also not be aware that players with torn ACL are sometimes unable to play at their previous high levels – be it the physical or psychological impacts that comes with a blown out knee

        You might also not be aware that GMs seldom give top value to a player, coming off injury, who has yet to prove that he is fully healed and capable of all his previous athleticism

        So yes, other NBA teams do not know what this Rondo kid is capable of,,,,

      • andyhr17 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Yes, because showcasing Rondo in the D-League is what will really get people lining up for him. That was my point. Oh look!, he just schooled some guy that is below NBA-level talent!

  4. wamj2008 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I live 40 minutes north of where the Red Claws play. They are not hurting to sell tickets. But I’d love to see him come to Portland for a few games. I’d be down in a second.

  5. 1historian - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    The idea does make sense – let the guy get his legs back for a week or two, sell some (lots?) tickets, and yes – other GMs would be there to watch the guy – they wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they weren’t.

    Does that mean that DA is looking to trade him? Not necessarily, although some scribe with a story deadline wouldn’t let that FACT stop him – “Rumors abound”, etc. The closer we get to the trading deadline the more rumors will spring up – It’s part of the game.

    Meanwhile – DA is in a good position, and he is holding his cards close to his vest – he was taught that way and it’s the best way to go.

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