Boston Celtics rumors about a Rajon Rondo return came out Saturday (Dec. 14). It looks like Rondo could play for the Celtics in January, which could be great news for fantasy basketball owners. According to a report from ESPN, the injured point guard has been cleared for full contract.
The former NBA All-Star point guard hasn't played since mid-February after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL. He will have missed almost a year of basketball by the time he steps back on the court, but he comes back to a really interesting situation. Currently the Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic Division and could be looking at making the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
It's not that the team has been impressive this season, but that the division has had some horrible basketball being played. The Celtics are just 11-14, but continue to hold on to first place in the division. That would guarantee home court advantage in the first round of the postseason.
The Boston Celtics rumors about a Rajon Rondo return come from coach Brad Stevens himself. He stated that he has already returned to practice and has been taking part in drills. He hadn't been cleared for full-contact until now, though, meaning he it will still take a few weeks to get his body back into game shape.
For fantasy basketball owners that have stashed him away for now, it looks like that may soon pay off. This is also a good time to grab him off the waiver wire in leagues where bench slots are limited. While an announcement for his exact return date hasn't been made, all signs point to it coming in early January.