Rajon Rondo ready to debut after core muscle surgery

NEW ORLEANS -- The Pelicans have listed veteran guard Rajon Rondo as available to play for the first time this season for Monday night's game against the Hawks.

Rondo has been sidelined since the preseason with a core muscle injury that required surgery. His rehabilitation was expected to take four to six weeks.

Rondo, who is entering his 12th NBA season out of Kentucky, was acquired as a free agent this offseason.

During training camp, he was expected to start in the backcourt alongside Jrue Holiday.

Rondo spent his first eight-plus seasons with Boston and also played with Dallas, Sacramento and Chicago, averaging 10.7 points, 8.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.