The moment we got news about Rajon Rondo’s torn ACL, all the armchair doctors on the planet offered up time-tables for his return. I heard anywhere from 8 to 16 months.
Here’s what Danny Ainge told the Herald’s Mark Murphy:
Though the recovery from reconstructive knee surgery can vary, depending on the player, Ainge said he expects Rondo to be ready for the start of training camp next season.
Ainge said Rondo should undergo surgery in the next “10 to 14 days.”
Training camp generally starts the last week of September or first week of October. A training camp target date gives Rondo about 8-9 months to recover and rehab.
I recall reading/hearing one report that stated Rondo is holding off on having surgery immediately so he can get a second opinion.
As for the search for Rondo’s replacement, Ainge had this to say:
“We weren’t going to trade Rondo,” Ainge said flatly. “But I’m not going to bring someone in now who is just going to sit on the bench. We could sign a couple of players to minimum contracts, but that’s all we can do right now. We have to see whether someone becomes available through trade or free agency who can actually crack our rotation.
“Right now I’m looking to give the guys we have a chance to play,” he said. “Then we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”
There’s two weeks until the trade deadline. That’s plenty of time to see if the guys on the roster can handle the load.
If not, Ainge will pull the trigger on a deal.