Rajon Rondo missed the Boston Celtics’ 106-101 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night to undergo minor surgery to remove a screw in his surgically repaired hand. The surgery was only expected to sideline four-time All-Star point guard one game, and head coach Brad Stevens said everything went according to plan.
“It went well. It happened (Saturday) morning and from everything I’ve gathered it’s just a matter of letting the stitching heal and he’s back at practice Tuesday,” Stevens said. “So it’s a three-day thing.”
Stevens said he has been told that hand is healing well and that it’s structurally it’s fine.
“It was just a matter of he had to take the screws out,” Stevens said. “Even I could see the screws in the X-ray, so that means … I saw them. They were really there.”
After missing part of last season recovering from a torn ACL, Rondo has gotten off to a fast start in 2014-15. He’s leading the league in assists with 11.2 per game, and is expected to play in the Celtics’ next game, on Wednesday at home against Oklahoma City.
Rondo is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and has been included in trade rumors for several years. It’s unlikely, though, that he gets moved before the February deadline unless someone blows Danny Ainge away with an offer. And with the way he’s been playing, the Celtics may want to keep him around long-term anyway.