Rajon Rondo finally returned to the court on Friday, a year removed from tearing his ACL. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Multiple NBA general managers expect the Boston Celtics to trade Rajon Rondo sometime this year, the New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence reported.
According to Lawrence, the GMs expect Rondo to be moved either before the NBA trade deadline in February or before the NBA draft in June.
From the report:
Rajon Rondo is finally back for the Celtics, and now the question becomes how long will he stay in Boston.
Rondo is the last blue chip from the 2008 championship team and 2010 Finals team that Celtics president Danny Ainge can convert into assets as he rebuilds the franchise. More than a few GMs around the league expect Rondo to be on the move, if not at the trading deadline next month, then maybe in June at draft time.
Rondo returned to the court Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, his first action in nearly a year after tearing his ACL. He returned to a Celtics loss, their ninth in the past 10 games. Rondo had eight points and four assists in Boston's loss.
The Celtics are clearly in rebuilding mode under new head coach Brad Stevens. Last week, the Celtics shipped guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Warriors as part of a three-team trade in which they acquired two draft picks.
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