BOSTON — Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery for a broken finger.
Rondo broke a finger on his left hand in a fall at his home Thursday night, the club announced. It gave no further details.
The four-time All-Star has been the subject of trade speculation. Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, has said he has no intention of trading Rondo but indicated the eight-year veteran can become a free agent after the coming season. Ainge also has said no one is untradeable.
Deng accepts apology
MIAMI — Miami Heat forward Luol Deng said he forgives Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry for making racially charged remarks about him.
Deng said he has spoken with Ferry about the comments and believes “he’s really sorry for what he said.”
On a conference call with members of the Hawks organization over the summer, Ferry referred to comments in a scouting report when he described Deng as someone who “has a little African in him.”
Ferry is taking an indefinite leave from the Hawks, who are also now for sale after co-owner Bruce Levenson announced earlier this month that he will sell his controlling share of the team over other racially inflammatory comments.
Deng said, “I don’t think Danny’s racist. I really don’t.”
Hornets’ Taylor banned
The Charlotte Hornets announced Jeffery Taylor will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA investigates the third-year forward’s arrest on domestic assault charges.
In a statement Friday, the Hornets said, “As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution.”
East Lansing Police said in a news release Thursday the 25-year-old Taylor has been charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. According to the release, police officers responded to an incident at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place around 1 a.m. Thursday.
Taylor has a pre-trial court date set for Oct. 8.