Celtics expect Rajon Rondo back by start of season

As the Boston Celtics look to the next stage of their franchise history, Rajon Rondo is the lone remaining superstar on a team that previously included the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Doc Rivers. As such, Rondo’s health is pivotal to the Celtics moving forward, whether they view him a part of their long-term plan or a trade piece used to expedite their rebuilding process. While Rondo still has much in the way of rehab remaining, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters that the team is hoping to get Rondo back for the start of the season, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston.

Ainge admitted that the Celtics might have to take it slow with Rondo during training camp, which begins in late September. However, he does view having Rondo ready to go for the start of the regular season – late October – as a “reasonable” goal.

Considering the severity of Rondo’s injury – a partially torn ACL – that timeframe is still aggressive, according to Forsberg, as Rondo would be just over eight months removed from surgery.

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