HoopsHype Rajon Rondo + Trade rumors

November 23, 2014 Updates

He is playing at a level that if he were to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, he would be among the more sought-after free agents. A league executive told CSNNE.com on Saturday that the market for Green is as strong, "if not stronger", than it is for Rajon Rondo, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. "They're two totally different players and their roles with a team are different, too," he said. "But Green can do a lot of things to help just about any team, as long as you're not making him the guy you build around. Green's the guy you add to the guy you're trying to build around." CSNNE.com

November 20, 2014 Updates

These are the questions that may come to define the Celtics' season, or at least the period between now and the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Rival executives say that Ainge has been firm in his stance that Rondo will not be dealt. But many of those same executives believe that Ainge has to trade Rondo, to avoid losing him for nothing next summer. "They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said one general manager, who nevertheless added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it." Bleacher Report

November 10, 2014 Updates

Marcus Smart’s early development is second only to Rajon Rondo’s contract year push as this season’s most compelling C’s storyline. An increasing number of league officials are also applauding Danny Ainge’s decision to draft the tough, defense-minded point guard. One league scout also buys into the theory that Smart — once he returns from his ankle injury — won’t fully develop as long as he plays behind Rondo. “I think they’ve got to get rid of Rondo because they drafted a good, young point guard,” the scout said. “Marcus Smart is a franchise-type point guard or can be, I think, who needs to play to be good. He’s fast and he defends. And you don’t say that about rookies.” Boston Herald

November 2, 2014 Updates

The key, Rose said, is that looming decision with Rondo. “I think it’s going to be crucial what happens with Rondo,” Rose said. “They have to turn him into a player [through trade] and/or a few players that are going to be multi All-Stars. Once you’re able to do that and you’re a winner again then people always want to try to play for a winner.” Boston Globe

October 18, 2014 Updates

Any player worth his contract naturally believes that with the right amount of work and chemistry, any team he’s on is playoff-worthy. When Rondo looks at all of the C’s’ incongruous parts, and factors in the Stevens effect, he believes the postseason is a realistic goal for this team. “I believe in Danny (Ainge) and I said it a month ago. I’ve been through it. One year we were the worst team in the league and the next we were the best,” he said of the wild swing between his rookie season and the 2008 Celtics championship team. “Anything can happen. Injuries are a big factor in your success. The trade deadline is a big factor. That’s what makes the NBA exciting. “But if you give me four guys who are going to compete and play as hard as possible, then I feel like I can win every game.” Boston Herald

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Rondo again said he wants to remain in Boston. While he has been a polarizing figure among fans for several years, he has become somewhat comfortable, evidenced by his spending most of the summer here instead of his native Kentucky. “The fans, the people here, make me want to stay,” said Rondo. “The organization has been great. I can’t say enough about Danny and [majority owner] Wyc [Grousbeck]. When I walk down the street, the fans embrace me from Day 1. Even when we won a championship, people don’t just appreciate us winning. It’s more of a thank you. It’s a love for the game. These people here know the game and they care for it. They know when you’re not playing as hard as you can. The love I get is kind of overwhelming in Boston. Why wouldn’t I want to stay here?” Boston Globe

September 29, 2014 Updates
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Speculation will continue about whether the Celtics will move him, and, if so, at what point. Rondo will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and has stated he would like to stay in Boston but that he’s also intrigued by the prospects of being wooed during free agency. Rondo was asked this summer if he might tour the country to be wined and dined by teams next summer, as Knicks star Carmelo Anthony did. “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

But the Celtics have maintained they plan to keep Rondo, the last remaining member of the 2008 championship team. “It’s my goal to keep Rondo here,” Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said recently. “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 [2008 title] ring and he deserved it.” Boston Globe

September 26, 2014 Updates
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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

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

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