HoopsHype Rajon Rondo + Trade rumors

September 5, 2014 Updates
September 2, 2014 Updates

For Rajon Rondo, little has changed. He and those around him have long held that his intention for the final two years of his contract with Boston is to play out the deal, first showing that he is healthy after returning from ACL surgery last year, then bouncing back into All-Star form this year as he heads into 2015 free agency. Thus, sources on both sides disputed the suggestion that emerged this weekend that Rondo had requested a trade from the Celtics — it is still his intention to play out his contract in Boston, and it’s still the Celtics intention to begin the season with him as the starting point guard. Sporting News

September 1, 2014 Updates

Multiple league sources have repeatedly said that Rondo wants to start the season in Boston and see where things go from there. A similar sentiment has trickled out of Celtics camp, as well. Rondo is hopeful that the team Danny Ainge is assembling around him is better than most anticipate, that they can be this season's feel-good story not only in the East but throughout the NBA. CSNNE.com

August 31, 2014 Updates

But maybe the relationship isn't as strong as the Celtics indicate. During a behind-the-scenes clip of ESPN's Around the Horn, which the show posted Wednesday on YouTube, the great Jackie MacMullan suggested Rondo has already made it clear he will not stay after his contract expires next summer. (See video below.) When Frank Isola raised the topic of trading Rondo, MacMullan replied, "Oh, I hope so. Just get it done. And it will happen because he's told them he wants out. And no one believes me, but that's the truth." Booth Newspapers

August 24, 2014 Updates

While the Celtics are trying to figure out ways to clear roster space before training camp, moving Rondo is not a high priority. First off, Rondo will be a free agent next summer and fully intends on taking the LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony tour of teams and extending the negotiation process deep into next summer. It is highly unlikely Rondo would sign an extension this season with an interested team, especially the Sacramento Kings. Second, the Celtics don’t feel pressed to deal Rondo because they are still trying to determine if he’s part of the future and they are intrigued to see him in action a full 18 months following ACL surgery . Boston Globe

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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

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

June 28, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics team President Rich Gotham appeared on CBS Sports Radio Friday with Amy Lawrence. Gotham discussed Marcus Smart and James Young, who were taken in the 2014 NBA Draft and commented on Rajon Rondo's future with the team: On Rondo: "It's a two way street. ... We want him here and we're hopeful he wants to be here for the long term, which he says he does. He's our best player and in the NBA you win with talent. He's a big part of what we're doing and will continue going forward." CBSSports.com

The Celtics’ first choice in all this is to keep Rondo and find better players to put around him, but if they are unable to do that, they will have to confront the issue of his impending free agency. The club went into its rebuild with last summer’s trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett knowing it had to show a clear path to again being a contender before Rondo could depart on his own in 2015. Boston Herald

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