Rondo back?! Not quite, but soon—the Celtics guard has been cleared for full-contact practice, and is working toward a January return. Per ESPN Boston: “Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo received clearance to resume full-contact practice activities on Friday and coach Brad Stevens said he believes Rondo should return to game action next month. Rondo traveled Friday with team physician Dr. Brian McKeon to meet with operating surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who examined Rondo’s progress and cleared him to return to practice activities. The Celtics threw Rondo into the fire on Saturday, engaging in a spirited 45-minute session despite coming off game action on Friday night. ‘[Rondo] had a good trip [Friday], as far as getting good news, and it looks like he’s on schedule to be closer, but still probably doesn’t look like we’re going to see him on the court any time this month,’ said Stevens. ‘Hopefully as we get into January, he’ll be closer.’ Rondo underwent ACL surgery in mid-February, about two weeks after initially tearing the ligament. He’s been able to engage in limited-contact activities recently, including games of 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 with teammates, but needed Andrews’ clearance to dive back into 5-on-5 full-contact activities.”

(H/T: PBT)