The Lakers could receive a boost to their lineup sooner rather than later.
Rajon Rondo has been cleared for full-contact practices after missing several weeks with a finger injury, the team announced Friday, though the 32-year-old is still expected to miss the Lakers’ game Saturday against the Rockets.
Rajon Rondo (surgery on Dec. 28 to repair a ligament on his right ring finger) has been cleared to return to full contact practice. The Lakers are off today in Houston, and will hold regular shootaround tomorrow morning in advance of Saturday evening’s game.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 18, 2019
Rondo had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand three days after suffering the injury Dec. 25 against the Warriors in Oakland, marking his second surgery on that hand in 2018. Rondo’s first surgery was on Nov. 15 and he returned Dec. 21 to play only three games before suffering his finger injury.
The guard, who is in his first season with the Lakers, is averaging 8.4 points and 6.7 assists in 14 games this season, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Lakers also are without star LeBron James, who strained his groin in the same game against the Warriors and is considered “day to day.” James was cleared to practice next week, though his agent, Rich Paul, said the 34-year-old will not rush his return on the court.
Los Angeles is 25-21 entering Saturday’s game against the Rockets (25-19) with tip-off set for 8:30 p.m. ET.