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Rajon Rondo recently made headlines when he tweeted out “29,233,380 secs” – the time between his surgery and today. In other words, this was Rondo’s cryptic way of announcing that he was returning for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Celtics head coach Brad Stevens wouldn’t admit that Rondo was making his season debut tonight, he did temper expectations a bit by saying that Rondo’s minutes will be limited when he first starts playing again. This is common when a player is coming back from a serious injury like an ACL tear. There’s no reason for Boston to rush Rondo back, so expect Phil Pressey to continue to start.
The fact that Rondo is returning now is great for Boston because it gives the team plenty of time to evaluate and showcase Rondo before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. It’s no secret that the Celtics have a tough decision on their hands: keep Rondo and build around him going forward or trade Rondo for assets and continue the rebuild. They have a little over a month to decide.
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Anthony Bennett is having the worst season for a No. 1 pick ever, so it’s no surprise that the Cavaliers have talked about sending him down to the D-League. Bennett is currently averaging 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 26.9 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from three-point range. His efficiency rating is an awful 1.09.
However, when a player gets sent down to the D-League, it tends to stick with them. Just ask Hasheem Thabeet, who was ridiculed as being the highest drafted player sent to the D-League, and he was a No. 2 overall pick! Imagine how much criticism Bennett would get as the top pick playing in the D-League?
With that said, it could be good for Bennett, especially since his minutes have dwindled since the Luol Deng trade. It would give him a chance to play more, get his confidence up and further his development. Or, he would struggle in the D-League too and Chris Grant would cry himself to sleep at night.
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From the moment that Caron Butler got traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, he was ecstatic. Remember, Butler was born in Racine, Wisconsin. He even cried during his introductory press conference with the Bucks. Butler is serious when he says that he wants to end his career in Milwaukee.
While Butler has been vocal about wanting a bigger role, he understands that the Bucks are currently focused on developing their young players and giving them as many minutes as possible. If Butler doesn’t change his mind about retiring in Milwaukee, he’ll likely have to spend his final years in the league playing the veteran leader role on a young, losing team.
This is the final year of Butler’s contract and he’s being paid $8,000,000 this season. He can re-sign with the Bucks in July, or test the market as an unrestricted free agent.
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