By the time Rondo makes it back to the hardwood, this roster could have gone through another round of dramatic changes.
The four-time All-Star isn't close to returning from the torn ACL that ended his 2012-13 campaign. He's back on the practice floor, but he warned it could be a while before he's ready for game action.
"It might be mid-January, late February, I’m going to come back when the time is right and I get my stamina," he said, via Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe. "I know what I felt like before I hurt my [knee]. When I get back to feeling that ... then I’ll be back."
A six-week time frame seems fitting given the uncertainty surrounding an injury of this nature.
Just as uncertain is how this team will look whenever he's ready to go.
Celtics team president Danny Ainge might buy into the team's relatively impressive 12-17 start and look to fortify his group for the present. Or he could decide that a watered-down Eastern Conference is not reason enough to scrap his rebuilding plans.
Either way, changes are likely to come. Changes that could look an awful lot like this.