HoopsHype Rajon Rondo + Trade rumors

March 15, 2014 Updates

Appearing on the March 15th edition of Celtics Beat, Deveney stated flat out that Boston is and was never looking to deal Rondo: “They don’t want to trade Rajon Rondo. You trade Rajon Rondo, you need to get another star player back because if you want to sign somebody in 2015, who’s going to come [to Boston] and sign?” Deveney told CLNS Radio “A lot of the rumors that have come up regarding Rajon Rondo have just been baseless. They’ve come from other teams or other agents or things like that. As far as I know, and talking to people who know Rondo pretty well, he wants to finish the job in Boston...He looks at this as a real challenge. He kind of came in as that fourth guy behind the Big Three, well he wants to be the big guy now. He wants to be part of whatever the next Big Three in Boston is and because of that I do think he sticks around. CLNS Radio

Deveney states that Rondo could technically be had, but it'd have to be a very favorable trade for the franchise. "Now that’s going to come down to whether the Celtics get a trade offer that knocks their socks off and they wind up dealing him. But they aren’t out there trying to trade him...and he doesn’t want to go. So because of that, I do think he’ll stick around and he’ll sign a long-term deal in 2015." CLNS Radio

March 1, 2014 Updates

Rajon Rondo skipped the Celtics’ game in Sacramento to stay back in Los Angeles and celebrate his 28th birthday with family and friends. He wasn’t supposed to play against the Kings, the second game in two nights, but that still tells you how Rondo is viewing this whole rebuilding phase in Boston. If Isiah Thomas gets the Pistons’ GM job, he’ll try like anything to get Rondo, a former high school teammate of Josh Smith who would be a vast improvement over Brandon Jennings. New York Daily News

February 21, 2014 Updates
February 20, 2014 Updates
February 19, 2014 Updates

As the NBA trade deadline of Thursday at 3 p.m. approaches, Rajon Rondo is again conducting his annual ritual of addressing how he feels being bandied about in rumors. He sat down with CSNNE Celtics sideline reporter Abby Chin in Phoenix, before the C's faced the Suns in their first game after the All-Star break on Wednesday night, and again talked of how he tunes out the rumors. "Stay focused," Rondo said. "I can only control so much. Right now, I'm a Celtic and I'm going to go out tonight and play as hard as I can if I'm still here." CSNNE.com

Marc Stein: Sources familiar w/Rockets' thinking say HOU has absolute interest in trading for Rajon Rondo. But that alone doesn't mean we'll see a deal Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

All that said, a few trades are almost sure to be made this week and perhaps even some significant ones. For those who feast on the deadline rumor mill, be thankful for the relentlessly restless Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge. The Celtics, league sources say, are mining interest in both Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo, looking for an up-and-coming player and a first-round pick for starters on each. (The hope is to unload Kris Humphries and his $12 million salary in the process.) Bleacher Report

And by now, after years of rumors coming and going while Rondo stays put, the Celtics captain has a stock answer: it doesn’t bother him anymore. “This is Year 8 for me [in the NBA],” Rondo said Tuesday after practice, where the Celtics will play the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night to kick off a four-game West Coast swing after the All-Star break. “And I think this is Year 8 for me being in trade rumors, especially around this time.” Boston Globe

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