Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo didn’t make the trip from Los Angeles to Sacramento Saturday after Boston played the Lakers Friday night. Apparently, his absence on the trip wasn’t approved by the Celtics.
Per the Boston Herald:
While some were displeased by the move, for which Rondo did not receive official permission, others pointed out he was not scheduled to play in the game anyway (on the second night of a back-to-back), and that he may have simply been making some assumptions based on precedent. Multiple sources say he remained in LA for a birthday celebration. He turned 28 on Saturday.
“I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” [Celtics president Danny Ainge] told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.”
Rondo has sat out the second game of back-to-backs this season as he regains his legs following ACL surgery in 2013, but assuming it’s OK to skip the team’s trip without permission to hang out in Los Angeles for your birthday is a bit irresponsible, even for a veteran like Rondo. His name has been the subject of multiple trade rumors as Rondo will be a free agent after next season, so this might be the writing on the wall that he wants out of the rebuilding situation in Boston sooner rather than later.
Rondo has shown flashes of his pre-injury form in stretches and is averaging 10.8 points and 7.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 13 games so far this season. The Celtics (19-39) are just 2-11 since Rondo returned to the court in January.
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