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Danny Ainge sees huge year ahead for Rajon Rondo

PHILADELPHIA — Celtics vice president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Monday he has been especially impressed with the progress of Rajon Rondo since his return from right knee surgery and is looking forward to Rondo returning next year.

Rondo, who had 8 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in a 113-108 loss to the 76ers Monday night after missing two games because of a bruised left shin, entered the contest averaging 12.8 points, 11 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in his past 19 games. Rondo, who was elbowed in the jaw and knocked down in the first half against the 76ers, has said he is looking forward to a full summer workout regimen as he is finally nearing full health.

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