Rajon Rondo expected to return in 6-to-8 weeks after successful hand surgery
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a fracture in his right thumb. He is expected to return to full basketball activities in six to eight weeks.
The Lakers expect Rondo to be part of the team’s playoff run.
#Lakers gave us an update on Rajon Rondo,, who sustained a fracture to his right thumb earlier this week, had successful surgery yesterday to repair the fracture. He is expected to return to full basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) July 16, 2020
Before the season was suspended in March, Rondo was averaging 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists for the Lakers in 48 games. The four-time All-Star and one-time NBA champion was also shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 65.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference standings. The team will face the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings in the eight seeding games prior to the start of the 2020 playoffs.
With superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the charge, the Lakers have a great chance of winning the 2020 title. However, Los Angeles will need Rondo back at some point since he has a bevy of postseason experience under his belt. The veteran guard has postseason averages of 14.0 points, 9.3 assists and 1.9 steals with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans.
The last time we saw Rondo in the playoffs was in 2018 with Davis and the Pelicans. He put up 10.3 points, 12.2 assists, and 1.4 steals in nine games and helped New Orleans sweep Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.