BOSTON ? Rajon Rondo moved closer to going back to the court almost per year after injuring his right knee, undergoing an evaluation workout on the team’s practice facility inside afternoon after which it joining his Celtics teammates for 07 Rs Gold before Wednesday night’s game resistant to the Toronto Raptors.
Also Wednesday, the Celtics announced that they had traded away backup point guard Jordan Crawford ? a further indication that Rondo’s return was imminent.
Rondo was on the court in the TD Garden, shooting around an hour or two before the game. The four-time All-Star brought out the team for warmups before tipoff in the warmup clothes, and took a spot within the bench when the game began.
”I don’t see him playing tonight,” coach Brad Stevens said in the pregame briefing for reporters. ”It will be more are more about getting into that game rhythm somewhat.”
Celtics spokesman Brian Olive said the closed workout of unknown duration was held in Waltham, Mass., with members from the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s NBA Development League affiliate. Stevens said he watched the workout a couple of minutes but hadn’t spoken to Rondo afterward.
”It accomplished what we wanted it to perform,” Stevens said. ”He will follow through some shooting. … I think it was more details on him arising and down a floor.”