The agent for Rajon Rondo tells that the torn ACL injury suffered by Rondo is a partial tear, opening the door for him to possibly return to the floor sooner than anticipated.

Following the injury, Rondo's timetable to return to action was expected to be sometime before the start of next season.

"It's still too early to tell for sure," his agent Bill Duffy told "But we are very optimistic about his return now that we know his injury is only a partial tear and not a full tear."

Since he suffered the injury, Duffy said Rondo has been educating himself on all his options from which type of surgery to have performed to who will be the doctor performing it. reported earlier that the famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews was among the physicians Rondo planned to speak with before making a decision on the best course of action to take.

Rondo was at the TD Garden during Boston's blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers, wearing workout clothes.

It is unclear what, if any, conditioning work he did while in the building.

While the Celtics have managed to win games in his absence -- six in a row -- there's no mistaking that the C's are collectively a better team with the four-time All-Star.

Rondo suffered the injury in Boston's 123-111 double overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks in regulation but still managed to play in the overtime sessions with the partially torn ACL injury.