Rajon Rondo is targeting the Boston Celtics' Jan. 17 home game against the Los Angeles Lakers for his possible season debut, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Rondo, who had season-ending surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament nearly a year ago, didn't specify a date for his return, but said his knee – and confidence – are strong. His only concern is regaining his conditioning.

"It's just a humbling experience," Rondo said during the Celtics' shootaround on Friday morning.

Rondo had the surgery on Feb. 13, 2013. He was cleared to practice on Dec. 13 and has been working out without any swelling in his knees, including an extensive long practice in Denver on Monday.

Rondo said he could play limited minutes, but his conditioning needs to improve. He was initially concerned about a "clicking" in his right knee during practice, but his doctor and former Celtics teammates Tony Allen and Kendrick Perkins, who have both had knee surgeries, told him it was normal. Rondo will wear a knee brace covered by a sleeve when he returns.

Rondo had initially considered a rehab assignment with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' D-League affiliate. A possible return against the Lakers gives him another week to improve his conditioning.