Danny Ainge on Rajon Rondo: ‘We’re Not Going to Trade Him’

The New York media has thrown Rajon Rondo’s name back in trade rumors, but according to Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge, no teams have approached him about the star point guard. Ainge says that Rondo’s not going anywhere. Per the Boston Globe: “Rondo is coming off an injury and I think people know how much we love Rondo, so I don’t expect anybody to inquire, quite honestly,’ Ainge said. ‘People know that Rondo is a big part of our future and that we’re not going to trade him.’ Ainge called Rondo, a four-time All-Star, ‘the centerpiece of our future.’ He added, ‘Guys that are starting All-Star players just don’t come around. The special players, the transcendent players in our league, are very difficult to find and acquire. We believe Rondo is one of those guys. He’s a very special player. We value him a great deal.’ […] ‘What’s real is, he’s going nowhere,’ Ainge said. ‘That’s what’s real.’ It has been about nine months since Rondo had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Rondo has been making progress with his injury, and was running wind sprints and even trying to dunk before the team played the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis Saturday. Ainge said that no time frame exists for when Rondo might return, but he added, ‘I don’t think we’re feeling that it’s real close. It’s not any time real soon.'”