Former Cat and current Lakers guard Rajon Rondo suffered a broken right thumb during a Lakers practice in Orlando, the team has announced. The Lakers said Rondo will undergo surgery on the hand this week, and they expect him to be back to full basketball activities in six to eight weeks.
Los Angeles just arrived in Orlando for the NBA restart on Thursday and practiced for the first time on Saturday. Rondo is the first player on the team to sustain a injury since they started practicing in the bubble.
Since signing with the Lakers in 2018, Rondo has continued to struggle keeping his right hand from injury. The 34-year-old twice missed time in the 2018-19 season undergoing separate surgeries to repair a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand and a torn ligament in his right ring finger. He averaged 7.1 points and five assists per game this season before the league schedule was put on halt due to Covid-19.
Along with Avery Bradley who opted out due to Coronavirus concerns, Rondo is the second guard that the Lakers have lost since the NBA announced its restart plan in Orlando. The team recently signed NBA veteran JR Smith, but might now have to look further into the free agency books as depth continue to lack in their backcourt.