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September 25, 2014 Updates
September 23, 2014 Updates

For the most part, though, Grousbeck has vehemently supported Rondo, and he continued to do so Tuesday. “Absolutely it’s my goal to keep Rondo here,” the owner said. “I think we all want that. And I actually honestly think –he should speak for himself – I think Rajon wants to stay or would be very happy to stay. And we’ll see how this season goes, and how the negotiations go, but he’s proud to be a Celtic. I know that. He’s proud to wear that ring and he deserved it.” Booth Newspapers

Trade rumors forever shadow Rajon Rondo, and an expiring contract has only added to the speculation about his future. But at least publicly, Boston Celtics decision-makers continue to agree: They want Rondo around beyond his current contract. “Are you seriously asking me that again?” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday morning before a Shamrock Foundation golf tournament at Dedham Country and Polo Club. “Yeah, we expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long term. Does that need to be asked any more by anybody ever again?” Booth Newspapers

“I expect the best year of his career,” Ainge added. “He’s worked really hard this summer and I think Rondo’s going to have the best year of his life. That’s what I expect. “He’s just a year removed from the injury. He’s growing all the time. He’s improving, he’s maturing as a leader. He’s just getting better. He’s in the prime of his career right now. And I think what he went through last year was frustrating for him, and I think that drove him to have a good, hard-working summer. I don’t think it’s the contract (motivating him) at all. I think it’s who he is. He wants to be good. Booth Newspapers

Asked if he still gets calls from other teams about Rondo, Ainge replied, “No.” “I think there’s been a lot of people that just have flat-out made stuff up, and it’s become hot topics,” he said. “Very credible people have made things up and that even makes it worse. So yeah, I think that there’s probably a lot of people out there who still have some sort of belief that there is some truth in the rumors that go on out there. But I can’t say more emphatically, my hope is that we can have a long-term relationship. Booth Newspapers

September 22, 2014 Updates

The Celtics failed to trade for Kevin Love or draft Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Instead they drafted Smart and James Young and acquired Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner and Tyler Zeller. "It wasn't the fireworks that we tried," Ainge said, "and we continue to try to do, but we're excited about Marcus (Smart) and his future and James Young and his future. We need to be more patient with James, especially out of the gate. I think Marcus is more physically ready to play at our level than James is today, but we hope for fast progress from James. I felt like we acquired some assets. We didn't panic and do anything that was silly." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Wherever Danny Ainge goes, people ask him if he's going to trade Celtics captain Rajon Rondo. Sunday night was no exception. Ainge spoke about his life on and off the court at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Chester Street and a member of the congregation asked the Celtics president of basketball operations if he plans to deal his star point guard. Ainge used to be a Mormon bishop and now he's a high councilor of the Boston stake (region) which includes Worcester so he had to tell the truth, right? "The truthful answer is I really don't know," Ainge insisted. "I have no intention. I'm not trying to trade Rondo, but because he's a free agent this summer, he assured me that he wants to stay in Boston. We'd love to keep him in Boston." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Ainge said he tried to negotiate a contract extension with Rondo this and last summer, but he admitted that it makes more financial sense for Rondo to not agree to a new contract until he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Rondo, 28, will receive a team-high $12.9 million this coming season in the final year of his contract. "The possibility of a trade is not out of the question," Ainge said. "Nobody is untradeable, but I don't see that happening." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

September 19, 2014 Updates
September 11, 2014 Updates

Danny Ainge isn't all that different than most GMs when it comes to wanting to have lots of options in pulling off deals. That's why today is significant for the Celtics' president of basketball operations in his quest to get Boston's roster in order. Tyler Zeller and Marcus Thornton, both acquired via trade on July 10, are now eligible to be included in trades in which they can be paired with other Celtics players. CSNNE.com

Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder said his client should also benefit from having a familiarity with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens who recruited both of his brothers. "Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder told CSNNE.com. "Forget about basketball. Everyone knows he's a great basketball coach. But they really liked him as a person. He's a good person and Tyler is also a good person. They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about." CSNNE.com

September 9, 2014 Updates

During Boston's offseason pursuit of Kevin Love, Sullinger's name often came up as a potential piece of a return package. He brushed off having his name float in rumors. "You know what, summertime, I don’t pay attention to basketball, honestly. Summertime is all about yourself, as selfish as it sounds. You try to get yourself better to go into next season, regardless of where you’re at. With all of those things going on, I think my Mom, Dad and brothers knew more about that situation than I did because it was in one ear and out the other." ESPN.com

September 6, 2014 Updates

Regardless, Turner never seemed comfortable with his new team. And as the Pacers collectively started to slide, the addition of Turner was viewed as one of the reasons. "Everybody is down on (Turner) because of how the 'trade' happened and what happened in the trade and how Indiana played," Sullinger said. "People misunderstand Evan. He's a great basketball player, a great teammate. I've known him for years. He's all about winning. That's his main goal." CSNNE.com

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