When the Boston Celtics announced that Rajon Rondo would indeed be returning this weekend from an ACL injury he suffered almost a full calendar year ago, many assumed that they were showcasing him for a trade. There has been Rondo trade talk hanging around Boston since well before his ACL injury last January, but the Celtics have yet to entertain those trade rumors as they’ve been focused on something else.

According to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, the Celtics are very open to the idea of extending Rondo before his contract expires in the summer of 2015 and have been staying in close contact with him about such a matter.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, dating back to the end of last June, when the Celtics began their rebuilding project in earnest by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, management was in contact with Rondo about the team’s long-term plan. And it is only a small coincidence that the Celtics’ long-term plan dovetails nicely with Rondo’s long-term plan — both are focused on the summer of 2015.