The Atlanta Hawks will have to wait longer than expected for the return of their veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. According to the team’s announcement on Tuesday, Rondo is set to miss at least three more games while he deals with knee soreness.
Rondo will sit out the double-header against the Charlotte Hornets and matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. The team is expected to re-evaluate him in seven days ahead of their three road games against teams from the Western Conference (The Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Portland Trail Blazers).
Rondo missed the first two games of the season before making his Hawks’ debut in a 128-120 win over the Detroit Pistons on December 28th. He also played in a 145-141 loss to the Brooklyn Nets two days later but spent only 16 minutes on the court and failed to score any points.
The 34-year-old veteran went on to miss the next three games, including Monday’s loss to the New York Knicks. He was given a green light to play the Knicks but ended up sitting out the game.
Rajon Rondo inked a two-year, $15 million contract with Atlanta Hawks with the organization hoping he would add experience and veteran leadership to their young squad. Rondo spent the 2019-20 season with the LA Lakers, playing a significant part in their NBA title run.