The agent for injured Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is optimistic about a quicker-than-anticipated return from a knee injury.
Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, told CSNNE.com that the ACL injury is a partial tear and not a full tear, meaning Rondo could recover faster and return to the team within six months.
Initially, it was thought that Rondo might not be back at full strength until sometime before the start of next season. Rondo is awaiting surgery on the knee.
“It’s still too early to tell for sure,” Duffy told CSNNE.com. “But we are very optimistic about his return now that we know his injury is only a partial tear and not a full tear.”
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge apparently is taking a more cautious approach, telling CSNNE.com that Rondo will not be back on the floor this season and the timetable for his recovery remains the same.
Since Rondo went down with the injury on Jan. 27, the Celtics have posted a 6-0 record, which includes a win Thursday night over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rondo, 26, was averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds in 38 games this season.
The New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats have talked about a possible trade in which Bobcats guard Ben Gordon would go to Brooklyn in exchange for forward Kris Humphries, ESPN.com reported Friday.
No trade is imminent, however, according to the report.
The Nets need outside shooting, which is why they are interested in Gordon, who is averaging 13.1 points per game and hitting 41.7 percent of his three- shots this season.
The Bobcats have plenty of guards, but need help in the frontcourt. Humphries is averaging 6.0 points and 6.4 rebounds this season.
Gordon and Humphries both make $12 million a year, so the financial impact is the same.
The Miami Heat have signed forward-center Chris “Birdman” Andersen for the rest of the season, the team announced Friday.
Andersen, 34, had joined the Heat on Jan. 20 when he signed the first of first of two 10-day contracts. Terms of the deal that will take him to the end of the season were not disclosed.
The 10-year NBA veteran has seen action in six games for Miami and averaged 3.7 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Andersen played for the Denver Nuggets last season and averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 32 games.
Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion said on Friday that if the Mavs trade him to a bad team, he won’t report to that team, ESPNDallas.com reported.
“If I’m going to get traded, they’re going to tell me what’s going on and where I’m going,” Marion told ESPNDallas.com. “Because if I’m going to a (expletive) situation, I’m not going. It’s just that simple.
“At this time, I’m too old to be trying to go through and be a, you know what I’m saying, not have a chance to do anything. I’m at a point where I want to be playing for something right now.”
Quite simply, Marion said he would only report to a team that has a chance to contend for a title.
“Other than that, it ain’t happening,” he said.
Would Marion retire rather than go to a non-contending team?
“Maybe,” he said, laughing. “Anything is possible.”
Marion, 34, is due $9.3 million next season, which is the final year of his contract.
He is averaging 11.2 points and 8.3 rebounds this season.