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.