The word is out that Rajon Rondo may need to spend a little time in the D-League.
Yep, it’s a real possibility that the organization has discussed. If so, he will be sent to the Maine Red Claws, where the Celtics are in a pretty good situation with this D-League club. Every team in the NBA doesn’t own their own D-League team but the Celtics do. The Celtics enrolled in an amalgam partnership with Maine Red Claws in the year 2012, allowing them exclusive access when dealing with the team.
That’s big when you consider what that means in terms of Rondo getting the necessary time and real game physicality that would help him measure his progress. Something he couldn’t readily get in scrimmages and limited practices. Also, it would allow them to mirror the sets and schemes that the Celtics would run in an actual game with minimum risk to the team.
An interesting point was made by NBA Writer Zach Harper, about moving toward a new CBA in a few years, that the NBA may start to view the D-League as a minor league of sort. If that’s the case, the decision to send Rondo may put Boston on the cusp of a real ‘game-changer’ in the business of the NBA.
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