#celtics coach Brad Stevens said Rajon Rondo heading to NBADL Maine for game action “is a possibility for sure,” and has “been discussed.”
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) December 30, 2013
This is a new rule included in the new collective bargaining agreement. If a veteran consents to being sent to the D-League, he can be assigned to the affiliate in a circumstance like this so he can get some game action in as he completes his rehab.
This concept is nothing new in sports, obviously. Major leaguers often work through the minor leagues to get some game action in before returning to the big club. The difference here is that there’s a lot more contact in basketball, thus more opportunity for a younger, overly eager player looking to make a name for himself causing further injury to your rehabbing star.
But who knows… maybe you fans in Portland can pack the arena like fans in Pawtucket do when a big name is down for a rehab assignment. It’d be an amazing treat for fans who have supported the Red Claws. It’d also be the first time a big star has come back using this route for rehab. So let’s see if Rondo makes history here.