After tearing his ACL, Rajon Rondo was expected to miss the rest of the season with the hope being that he could return in time for the start of training camp next season. However, Rondo has discovered that the tear is only a partial tear and he may be able to return sooner. How much sooner? There isn't an exact timeframe yet, but if we read between the lines, the indication could be that a return this year is not out of the question.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston, Rondo has consulted with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Rondo has discussed his surgical options and reviewed the damage to his knee with doctors. Based on all this information, there is a chance that he returns sooner than expected.
"It's still too early to tell for sure," his agent Bill Duffy told CSNNE.com. "But we are very optimistic about his return now that we know his injury is only a partial tear and not a full tear."
It will be interesting to see if this news alters the Boston Celtics' trade plans. The team has apparently been shopping Kevin Garnett for a possible point guard and others. Eric Beldsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers was rumored to be a target. However, if Rondo can come back this year, the team just needs to hang on and hope Rondo can propel them in the postseason.
A return from even a partially torn ACL in the same season still seems unlikely, but without an exact timeframe and considering the original plan was for Rondo to return for the start of training camp next year, we have to assume Rondo is contemplating ways to return to the court this season.