According to the Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo is cleared for non-contact work. This is another step forward in Rondo's recovery from hand surgery, and it seems to match up with the original timeline the Lakers set for the veteran point guard's return.

Los Angeles originally believed that Rondo would need four to five weeks before returning to the court. The earliest return, according to that timeline, would be in just over two weeks.

The Lakers would love to have Rondo's presence back in the lineup, but they're staying afloat without him. They are 3-2 since he underwent surgery, and both of their losses have come at the hands of the Orlando Magic.

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Rondo has only played in 11 games for the Lakers so far in his short tenure. His surgery is keeping him out of action for now, but his altercation with Chris Paul earlier this season earned him a three-game suspension.

It has been an up-and-down season for Rondo in the purple and gold thus far. That being said, he's one of the most intelligent players in the NBA. His veteran presence will be huge in the rotation when he makes his return.

Furthermore, the Lakers look like a playoff team after their rough start. Rajon Rondo has always played well in big games, so his championship experience will be invaluable for head coach Luke Walton when the Lakers are battling it out in the postseason.