According to owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will undergo facial surgery for an orbital and nasal fracture that he sustained last Saturday when teammate Richard Jefferson inadvertently kneed him in the face during a game against the Orlando Magic. Rondo, who was traded to from the Celtics to the Mavericks earlier this season, will be out indefinitely.
Dwain Price, a Mavericks beat writer for the Star-Telegram, reports that Dallas intends to look for a player to add on a ten-day contract as Rondo continues to recover from his injury. Jordan Farmar, Will Bynum and Nate Robinson are all free agent point guards that the Mavs could consider.
With Rondo likely out for an extrended period of time, #Mavs owner Mark Cuban said he’s looking to sign a player to a 10-day contract.
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) February 5, 2015
Rondo has averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 assists and 5 rebounds per game in 21 appearances for the Mavericks this season. With Rondo at the helm, the Mavericks have gone 13-8, and have seen improvement on the defensive end. However, Dallas’ offense, which was highly potent in the beginning of the year, has regressed with Rondo on the floor.
Dallas hopes to have Rondo back immediately, as they currently lead the defending champion San Antonio Spurs by only one game for the 6th seed in the Western Conference. The Mavericks are in the midst of a brutal stretch of games, with contests against the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks all the horizon.
Without Rondo’s defensive presence on Wednesday night, a certain Western Conference point guard lit the Mavericks up for 51 points. Safe to say Raymond Felton and Devin Harris weren’t getting the job done.