HoopsHype Rajon Rondo rumors

May 8, 2014 Updates

Following his first season as a member of ANTA's Team Priceless, Rajon Rondo sees his RR1 signature shoe scaled down for an all-new low-top release. Now available in three colorways, the RR1 Low is equipped with a fused upper, Auto-Arch midsole and ANTA's A-Jelly cushioning. Nine holes on the lateral forefoot represent Rondo's jersey number, while his favorite game Connect Four is depicted on the tongue. Lastly, heel detailing is inspired by the famous Boston duck boat. Sole Collector

May 3, 2014 Updates

Parsons is the Rocket every rival team tries to steal. Boston would insist on Parsons if Rondo-to-Houston talks ever got serious. Teams are likewise said to be telling the Rockets all the time, when Morey is shopping either Asik or Lin, that it will also cost you Parsons if you're expecting us to take on one of those infamous balloon payments scheduled to lift both Asik and Lin to the brink of $15 million in annual salary next season ... albeit with a salary-cap number of just $8.4 million. ESPN.com

April 18, 2014 Updates

You’re heading into the final year of your contract with the Celtics. What’s the ideal situation for you? What could the Celtics do to entice you to stay? Rajon Rondo: I don’t know. I don’t really want to talk about being a free agent right now or [about] my contract year, because I’m going to get 1,000 questions next year. I’ll just save it for next year. Boston Globe

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck recently said there could be “fireworks” this offseason with regards to potential moves. How do you view that comment? Rajon Rondo: I’ve been through a lot of fireworks. I know this organization definitely wants to win. They’ve done it before. I’ve been in the same situation before where we lost 50-plus games and the following year, everything had changed. I don’t underestimate Wyc or Danny [Ainge] and what they have planned. Boston Globe

This is something I’ve been curious about all season — you do all kinds of charity work but always in private and never for publicity. Why? Rajon Rondo: You don’t do charity work for publicity. Well, I know I don’t. Everybody’s different. I feel like if you do stuff like that for charity, it should be from the heart. You don’t have to get exposure for it. The people that you’re doing it for are very grateful. It’s not to get media attention. It’s not to get the NBA behind me. I do it for myself. I do it for the people that need it and I do it because I want to do it. There’s no need for a big media blast. People do that stuff all the time all across the world that you don’t hear about. People volunteer over in foreign countries and do way more stuff than I’m doing. So for me to do what I do, I’m very blessed to be in my situation. I don’t feel like I need any exposure or a pat on the back when I’m doing it. I do it because I want to do it. Boston Globe

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Rondo, who suited up against the 76ers Monday night after missing two games because of a bruised left shin, entered having averaged 12.8 points, 11 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in his past 19 games after missing nearly a year with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. Rondo has said he is looking forward to a full summer workout regimen. “I think Rondo’s going to have a great year next year,” Ainge said. “I think he’s going to have the best year of his career. Boston Globe

April 12, 2014 Updates

“I know that would be a big reason why you wouldn’t want to leave a city like Boston,” said Rondo, “because every night, even with the season we’re having, we’re probably still leading the league in attendance or at least up near the top. I mean, the fans in Boston, they know the game. You can’t cheat the fans. They know the game. It’s fun to play there. It’s definitely something you appreciate even more once you go on the road and see other teams that have like 6,000 people in the stands. Every night, it’s 18,000 in Boston. So you don’t take that for granted,” Rondo said. “I know I don’t. I’ve been in the league for eight years, and in Boston the crowd is consistent. They’re always there.” Boston Herald

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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens left open the possibility that point guard Rajon Rondo could play in his first and only back-to-back of the season later this week, but said the decision ultimately lies with Rondo and the team's training staff. Since returning from a torn ACL in mid-January, Rondo has sat out the second night of eight back-to-backs, including Saturday's loss in Detroit. The Celtics have only five games remaining this season, one of which is Saturday's visit to Cleveland on the second night of a back-to-back. The Celtics host Charlotte on Friday, but could Rondo give Saturday a go as well? "I do think he’s getting better, he looks like he’s getting healthy, I think he’s recovering better," said Stevens. "That’s ultimately going to be his decision, based on how he feels on that day. He hasn’t played a back-to-back yet, so that would be a new thing. Is there a positive or negative to that? I don't know. But that will be his call, along with [team trainer] Ed Lacerte." ESPN.com

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Rondo, at his own behest, stepped into the world of broadcast journalism as the color analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England’s broadcast of Monday’s Celtics game in Chicago. The point guard was available to participate on air as he rested his surgically-repaired right knee in the second night of a back-to-back. He played the role of analyst during the network’s pregame show and for the entirety of the first half. “I think it went OK,” Rondo said after the game as he discussed his first on-air performance. “Obviously room for improvement, but first time out I think I did a pretty good job.” NBA.com

Rajon Rondo wasn’t in the Celtics lineup Monday against the Bulls, but he did manage to stay engaged during Boston’s 94-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Rondo joined the telecast as color commentator, providing analysis, insight, and popcorn everywhere. For The Win

March 30, 2014 Updates

Rondo appreciates Ainge’s cautious approach to analytics. “I think that’s why Danny is one of the best GMs around,” Rondo said. “He’s a player that played the game. It’s not just about business aspect — well, then again, it is — but you still have to have a feel for the game, have a feel for players, know personnel. “You just can’t look at a number and say, ‘OK, this guy is shooting 50 percent from the field, 90 percent from the free throw line, put him on this team and have a great season.’ It doesn’t work like that. “You’ve got to know personalities. I think you’ve got to know the locker room. I think that’s why [Heat president] Pat Riley has done a great job. I don’t know who the GM is for the Spurs, but [him, too].” Boston Globe

March 27, 2014 Updates

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