Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  9 responses

Boston Celtics Say Rajon Rondo Is Not on the Trade Block

With rumors swirling about possible trade talks between Dallas and Boston, the Celtics’ front-office claims that star point guard Rajon Rondo is not being shopped. GM Danny Ainge says Rondo isn’t going anywhere. Per the AP: “Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge understands why other teams keep calling to see if he will trade Rajon Rondo. The Celtics traded away coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers for a first-round draft pick. And a deal to send the team’s biggest stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, to the Brooklyn Nets for a package including three more No. 1 picks is just waiting for the NBA signing period to begin. ‘Maybe the assumption is that we’ll give away any of our players,’ Ainge said on Monday, listing not just Rondo but Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger and first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk as players who have attracted interest. ‘There’s been calls for all those guys. And maybe the assumption is we are just changing everybody, but we’re not. We’re starting to get younger.’ Speaking at the news conference to introduce Olynyk and second-round pick Colton Iverson, Ainge said he was not interested in stripping the Celtics down as much as building with younger players and draft choices. A key part of that is Rondo, he said. But other GMs don’t seem to believe him. So, the calls continue. ‘The calls are coming in,’ Ainge said, ‘the calls have not been going out.’”

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  • mike

    Maurice had some good moments, got the length , skills , and athletecism that showed great potential…hopefully he can develop , maybe into a Paul george type of player…. just put in mo harkleeeeeess http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSF8q4jreo

  • Larry Bird is the Word

    ….back to our regularly scheduled story on Rajon Rondo….

  • OfftheWall87

    Only because of his injury and the market for him isn’t that great right now. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s gone by next February.

  • spit hot fiyah

    He is of thé market…. Until thé right deal comes along

  • slamonthis

    Everyone is on the trade block with this guy. That’s why Ray Allen left. I love my Celtics and Ainge is not included in there. The only good thing he did for the team since becoming a GM was to acquire KG and Ray and that was that.

  • LLC#12

    I can believe that, there is question marks about his temperament so other teams might not be willing to roll the dice to give up the necessary players to get Rondo in return. And as for Boston, who else do they have to build around? They’d be crazy to give him away

  • ErnieD

    I’m amazed at how Celtics fans, and NBA fans in general hate on Danny. How many teams have won a title in the past 10 years? You basically have the Heat, Spurs and the Lakers as the only three teams winning multiples, and the Mavs, Celtics and Pistons winning one each. That puts Boston in the top 6, and as high as #4. I would say Danny did a pretty damn good job building the team around one all-star (Pierce), and now he has a chance to do it around Rondo. Even if he did trade Rondo, he is going to get more draft picks and a future all-star if he decides to to rebuild around someone else.

  • roscoe

    Trading rondo is in the best interests of BOS.

    Bad wheels, bad attitude, and a bad leader. w/out kg and pp this is a problem.

    trade him and get as much as possible in return or get ready for a bumpy road.

  • OfftheWall87

    The Celtics are in a great position after losing Rivers, KG and Paul and seeing an era come to an end. They have Jeff Green who has the potential to be a borderline All-Star player with Pierce and KG gone and more playing time, Avery Bradley who they can develop, and Rondo. If they choose to trade Rondo, I’m sure whatever they get back will be a great piece or pieces. Next year’s draft will be loaded with potential stars and superstars. Danny’s doing the best he can do. And I’m sure they’ll make a great decision with the new coach they sign.