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Rondo insists injury came during fall at home

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Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo insisted Monday that he suffered a broken bone in his left hand during a fall at home last week, while adding that he expects to remain with the team after his contract expires following this season.

Rondo is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the injury, which he said happened during a fall at home, despite a report that he had been seen at a trampoline park recently.

“I slipped and tried to catch my hand,” he said Monday. “I actually almost caught myself. I landed on my knuckle on the windowsill in my home.”

General manager Danny Ainge said Rondo has “never lied to me that I’m aware of and I have no reason not to believe him,” and the team does not plan to investigate the incident.

Rondo, 28, has long been the subject of trade rumors and a perception that he is difficult to coach. But he appears happy playing for second-year head coach Brad Stevens, who took over last season from Doc Rivers.

“He’s the most positive coach I’ve ever played for,” said Rondo. “We talk a lot. He’s actually the guy I call and work out with. So it’s kind of unusual for the head coach to be the guy that you work out with.”

Rondo said he knows the rebuilt Celtics are not ready to compete for an NBA title this season, but he’s excited to return to the court.

“I’m just anxious to get back out there on the court and show what I can do,” he said. “I know this isn’t a championship team, but we’re going to go out there every night and play hard.”