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July 10, 2014 Updates

Still, before Wednesday’s trade was agreed upon, Rajon Rondo said he understood the team’s stalled position in the hunt for top talent, in part because the NBA’s two biggest free agents have yet to make up their minds, leaving the rest of the league in a holding pattern. “Obviously everybody is waiting on [Carmelo Anthony] and LeBron [James], so I’m not anxious at all,” Rondo said during a recent interview at his basketball camp in Louisville, Ky. “I have a lot going on here. I can only worry about what I can control — that’s myself and my game. Obviously, nothing’s happened, but I still trust Danny [Ainge]. Danny wants to win, so we’ll make something happen.” Boston Globe

And though much can happen between now and next summer, Rondo was asked if he could envision himself being a free agent who, like Anthony, toured the country to be wined and dined by several teams. “It just depends,” Rondo said. “I don’t know if I’m going to do 10 teams. I may do a lot. I don’t know. It’s kind of like college all over again, with recruiting, only times 50 because they have a ton of money to throw at the guys and they don’t have any restrictions on what they can do. No [NCAA] rules. Boston Globe

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have completed a three-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics have acquired center Tyler Zeller and a future first-round draft pick from the Cavaliers and guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets. The Nets have acquired Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev while the Cavaliers have acquired a future conditional second round pick from the Celtics and the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman and Edin Bavcic from Brooklyn. NBA.com

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Ainge, meanwhile, is just trying to get in on the big action. And he will head from here to the Las Vegas summer league in search of it. Sources say he believes Boston is a place Love wants to play, but he knows that it will take more than the presence of Rajon Rondo to attract him. So he is continuing to find ways to gather players and picks that could set up larger moves to either get an All-Star or fetch the talent to support him. The Celtics are also aware they could be left again, as they were last season, with a mismatched roster ripe for change. Even in that case, sources say they will hold off on doing anything drastic with Rondo, unless another club is willing to make them an offer too good to refuse. Boston Herald

July 9, 2014 Updates

Off-guards Chris Johnson and Chris Babb may be more in the line of fire. Both have non-guaranteed deals that don't become guaranteed until October. Considering that Thornton's contract is expected to push them slightly over the salary cap, both may not last the summer in Celtics uniforms. Boston Herald

The Celtics dearly treasure their 5-foot-8 point guard. "The Celtics love Phil Pressey," said the source. Boston Herald

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