Coach Frank Vogel intimated that Rondo (thumb) will join the Lakers in the bubble "very soon" and that the point guard will be traveling to Florida Wednesday to spend sometime outside of the bubble before entering, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports. Rondo isn't expected to get back on the floor until late August or early September, but he'll join the bubble before that to presumably do rehab work and eventually practice with the team. A more concrete timetable for his return will likely emerge once team doctors can take a better look at his thumb to see how he's progressing. In the meantime, expect Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith to continue seeing expanded roles in the backcourt.
Rondo (thumb) underwent successful surgery Thursday, Tania Ganguli of the LA Times reports. Rondo fractured the thumb during practice on Sunday, and while he's still expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, the hope is that he could be back in the rotation sometime around the start of the second round of the playoffs. Already down Avery Bradley (personal), the Lakers' backcourt depth will be especially thin until Rondo is cleared to return.
Rondo sustained a right thumb fracture in practice Sunday, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. He will require surgery to address the injury and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks. The Lakers' depth in the backcourt heading into the NBA season restart had already taken a hit after Avery Bradley (personal) opted out of joining the team in Orlando, and Rondo's injury only further compounds that. Even if he meets the short end of his recovery timeline, Rondo won't be ready to play until around late August, which is when the first or second round of the playoffs are expected to take place. While Bradley and Rondo are out of the mix, Alex Caruso (hand), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith and Quinn Cook are the primary candidates to fill most of the available minutes.
Rondo sustained a "significant" hand injury during practice Sunday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. Rondo reportedly underwent medical examination on both his hand and thumb after suffering an injury during practice Sunday evening. The details and severity of his injury are expected to be disclosed early Monday.
Rondo contributed 12 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes during Thursday's 116-86 win at Golden State. Rondo started for the first time since Jan. 11 and produced a solid outing as the team's floor general in a comfortable win. Despite his good showing here, Rondo is widely expected to head back to the bench once LeBron James (groin) is available again -- something that could happen as early as Saturday at Memphis.
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