Jared Weiss

Ainge: “Rajon was a terrific player and I enjoyed watching him play over the past 9 years. But time will tell.” #Celtics

A. Sherrod Blakely

"There was definite uncertainty in what would happen. That was a factor," Danny Ainge on Rondo's impending free agency. #CelticsTalk

Jay King

MT @Jared Weiss: Ainge on trade: “There was a definite uncertainty as to what would happen this summer. That was a big factor.”

Jared Weiss

Danny Ainge says deal came together in just a few days. They had conversations in the past about the players they acquired. #Celtics #Mavs

Marc D'Amico

Ainge on trading Rondo: "There was definitely uncertainty about (being able to re-sign him) this summer. So that was a factor."

Scott Souza

#Celtics president Danny Ainge: There was definitely uncertainty with what may happen with Rajon Rondo this summer. That was a factor.

Jared Weiss

Danny Ainge on why he traded Rondo: “There was a definite uncertainty as to what would happen this summer. That was a big factor.” #Celtics

Chris Forsberg

Jae Crowder (and his no. 99 jersey) takes over the corner locker that used to belong to Rondo (and Perk before him).

Jay King

Green on rondo: he's one of the reasons I came back (to Boston)

Scott Souza

#Celtics rookie Marcus Smart said Rajon Rondo deal not only showed faith in him, but in all the young players to take on bigger roles.

Jared Weiss

Marcus Smart found out Rondo got traded while he was doing a charity event with kids and saw it on TV. #Celtics

Jay King

Green: "just like everybody else. It's sad to see him go."

Scott Souza

#Celtics rookie Marcus Smart said Achilles is not 100 percent, but that he feels good enough to go tonight.

Scott Souza

#Celtics Marcus Smart credited Rajon Rondo as mentor but on taking 'step back' w/o him said: I don't think we'll take a step back at all.

Jay King

Smart: "we're a little disappointed but we're also happy for Rondo."

We're taking Danny Ainge's presser LIVE on @AmericanExpress HomeCourt Advantage. Watch it on celtics.com or #Celtics mobile app.

Emily Austen

Welcome to Boston, boys. Show your new #Celtics some love, Beantown! @bwright34 @Jae Crowder @Jameer Nelson http://t.co/CJdAPo6q5I

Chris Forsberg

Brad Stevens gushes on Rondo + Mavs: "I’m sorry we have to play one more time -- because certainly I don’t want to play against them."

Jay King

As I said, some fire from Stevens. RT @Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens on new-look Celtics following Rajon Rondo trade: http://t.co/rJiOB5X3q5

Marc D'Amico

Brandan Wright's new jersey. http://t.co/3JwdjNVCJR

Chris Forsberg

Brad Stevens on new-look Celtics following Rajon Rondo trade: http://t.co/TarRAM4c8m

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens lauded Jameer Nelson's character, shooting ability ... Nelson is shooting 37.4% this season.

Jay King

Stevens said he told Rondo, "Hey Rajon. Thanks for everything you've done. You've left a great legacy."

Chris Forsberg

None of Boston’s news guys available tonight (finishing physicals); Evan Turner starts at PG.

Gary Washburn

Evan Turner will start; Marcus Smart is available and none of the 3 acquired players will play but are in Boston taking physicals. #celtics

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Sorry we have to play Dallas on Jan 2. I certainly don't want to play against Rajon Rondo.

Jared Weiss

Stevens told Rondo that he wishes him nothing but the best and that he is sorry that they have to play one more time. #Celtics

Abby Chin

Evan Turner replaces Rajon Rondo in starting lineup. Marcus Smart is available. #CelticsTalk

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Told management Brandan Wright is a guy that is undervalued ... We think Jae Crowder a guy with great upside.

Jared Weiss

Stevens implies that after facing the #Mavs earlier this year, he remarked to the front office that Brandan Wright is a very undervalued guy

Jay King

After playing Brandan Wright this year, Stevens told front office he considers big man undervalued.

Jared Weiss

Stevens: Jae Crowder is a guy with high upside who can shoot the three. He is a tough guy and competitive guy. #Celtics

Jared Weiss

Stevens: Yesterday was about welcoming the new guys and saying goodbye. Today is about getting ready for tonight’s game. #Celtics

Marc D'Amico

Stevens says all 3 new acquisitions are here in Boston and finishing mandatory physicals. None of them are available for tonight's game.

Jay King

All three acquired players are in town. "All three of them have roles on this team," Stevens said. They won't play tonight.

Jared Weiss

None of the new players will play tonight. They are in #Boston and re undergoing physicals. #Celtics

Kyle Draper

Rajon Rondo about to speak live right now on @CSNNE #CelticsTalk #NBA #Mavericks

Jay King

Stevens responding with fire. Backs Rondo to the end. Adds, "I'm excited about the guys we have in the locker room." Vows club will compete.

Scott Souza

#Celtics Brad Stevens: there needs to be some ownership, verbal leadership taken over by some guys who might not be considered old enough.

Marc D'Amico

Stevens: "This team is gonna prepare every day to win. We're ready to compete. Verbal leadership may have to be taken by younger guys."

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: most of the preseason this was our team (without Rajon Rondo) so we can lean back on that.

Brian Robb

In a bit of a cruel twist, Kendrick Perkins now says Rondo actually wanted out of Boston. boston.com/sports/basketb…

Marc D'Amico

Stevens on Smart: "He still has to progress. He is available tonight." Stevens emphasizes that Smart needs to be consistent game-to-game.

Jay King

Stevens doesn't know how PG situation will unfold. Said Marcus Smart has to get healthy first and stay that way. He's available tonight.

Emily Austen

Rookie point guard Marcus Smart is available for tonight's game vs. Minnesota.

Jared Weiss

Stevens: “Marcus [Smart] has to be healthy before he can be a starting or heavy minutes point guard.” He is available tonight #Celtics

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: No. 1 key for Marcus Smart is to be available to take on bigger role ... He is available tonight.

Sean Grande

Here's your one-stop on the Celtics' draft picks the next three years. Yes, there will be a quiz later. http://t.co/zIpQZBrLVo

Brian Robb

Marcus Smart is available tonight.

Brian Robb

Stevens on Rondo's reputation: "He never looked disengaged. Credit to him, he was always a part of the team and did his best."

Jared Weiss

Stevens says he never got a sense from Rondo that he had any question that he wanted to stay in #Boston. #Celtics

Jay King

Did Stevens ever get a sense Rondo was divided on staying? "Never. Not from him. ... He never looked disengaged."

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: we're going to be little different as team, but will be surprised if we don't compete well tonight.

Jay King

Stevens said Celtics gathered to discuss how appreciative they were of Rondo. And now they have to focus on the team in the locker room.

Jared Weiss

Stevens: “We got together this morning and talked about how appreciative we are of Rajon and how this is our team.” #Celtics

Emily Austen

Brad Stevens: "We wish Rajon Rondo nothing but the best and we're thankful for what he did for this organization." http://t.co/Szpazw1LEF

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: We wish Rajon Rondo the best and are thankful for everything he did for the franchise.

Marc D'Amico

Stevens: "We're excited to welcome Jameer, Brandan and Jae. All three come highly recommended as people and as basketball players."

Brian Robb

Stevens: "We wish Rondo nothing but the best, and are thankful for what he meant to this organization."

Jay King

Stevens: "We're really thankful for what he meant to this organization."

Jay King

Stevens: “We all feel like Rajon had a tremendous impact on this organization, on this city. We wish him nothing but the best."

Jared Weiss

Stevens: “We wish not only Rajon, but Dwight and Vitor the best. That turned into a numbers game in taking three guys back.” #Celtics

Scott Souza

#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Spoke with Rajon Rondo last night. Wished him well. Hardest difference b'tween pro/college coach those calls.

Marc D'Amico

Stevens: "We all feel like Rajon had a tremendous impact on the organization, and the city... To a man, we wish him nothing but the best."

Jared Weiss

Brad Stevens “We all feel like Rajon had a tremendous impact on this organization, on this city. We wish him nothing but the best.” #Celtics

Brian Robb

Brad Stevens: "Rondo was a championship member of the Celtics. To a man, we wish him nothing but the best."

Scott Souza

As aside between pressers, would like to see #Celtics hold off on the captain thing for awhile until the next true franchise leader emerges.

Sean Grande

Evan Turner will start the first post-Rondo game at point guard for the Celtics tonight.

Sean Grande

Marcus Thornton, James Young, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright all out for Boston tonight. Celtics will play with 10.

Marc D'Amico

Danny Ainge is set to meet the press at 6:30 pm EST. We'll have it live on @AmericanExpress Home Court Advantage on our app and website.

Scott Souza

Assuming Marcus Smart (Achilles strain) can give it a go, #Celtics will have 10 available players for tonight's game.

Scott Souza

Three newest #Celtics - along with Danny Ainge & assistant GM Mike Zarren - scheduled to meet w/ media before tonight's game.

A. Sherrod Blakely

#Celtics HC Brad Stevens has high hopes for Marcus Smart but when it comes to minutes, "he has to earn them and be available to earn them."

Gary Washburn

Meet the longest tenured Celtic, Avery Bradley, drafted in 2010. http://t.co/VWUduDMkMQ

Gary Dzen

This is My Favorite Rajon Rondo Play: bit.ly/1wuLuBN

Gary Washburn

#celtics were reluctant to waive Vitor Faverani but with Dwight Powell included in the Rondo deal, they had little choice.

Kyle Draper

One of the elevators inside TD Garden showing former #Celtic Rajon Rondo. End of an era. #celticstalkinstagram.com/p/wzbFMaHhaI/

Gary Dzen

Of course @GlobeChadFinn writes the perfect Rajon Rondo story: bit.ly/1zcOjcM

Gary Dzen

This is great, from @chrisrattey and @Ec_508: The 12 Days of Gronkmas: bit.ly/1wL7dW2 http://t.co/6QYHgQoEru

A. Sherrod Blakely

The post-Rajon Rondo era begins tonight as the Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves. instagram.com/p/wzTjS8pZcL/

Sean Grande

Dear, Mr. President, Never go "Full Menino". #JamesFlacco

Brian Robb

Great debate going on @FelgerAndMazz right now with @Marc_Bertrand and @Keefe21 on Rondo trade return. Strong points by both.

Evan Turner

Throwback to last night when me and @smart_ms3 were kickin it with the prodigy @avafratus at a xmas… instagram.com/p/wzLEGSzSIV/

Ben Rohrbach

Everyone that covered Rondo over the past 9 seasons has a different take today, and that's what makes him such a fascinating subject.

Kelly Olynyk

Happier Holidays from @Sprint with their #CutYourBill in half campaign. It's awesome, check it out! sprint.co/1Gpf5gR

Jay King

Thanks dawg. RT @JMastrodonato: If you read one Rondo story today, I highly recommend this one, via @Jay King --> masslive.com/celtics/index.…

Brian Robb

New Mavericks additions will NOT be active for tonight's game, head coach Brad Stevens just told @GreshandZo

Ben Rohrbach

Stevens says Wright, Nelson and Crowder might be in the building tonight, but won't be available to play.

Ben Rohrbach

Stevens cites Gerald Wallace as the guy who will fill the leadership void. God help us all.

Ben Rohrbach

Stevens says Rondo gave little indication of whether he was excited to go to Mavs or upset about leaving C's, which is so Rondo.

Ben Rohrbach

Stevens on Rondo: "I think he's going to a team he'll fit in great with and obviously has a chance to do something special."

Ben Rohrbach

Stevens met with Rondo shortly after the trade went down, thanked him for his service to the Celtics and wished him the best in Dallas.

Ben Rohrbach

Brad Stevens on @GreshandZo: "Obviously, this is one of the hard parts about this job. … It was tough last night."

Steve Bulpett

Definition of bittersweet: Darlene Love makes her last annual appearance on @Letterman to sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" tonight.

Gary Washburn

The three new #celtics did not arrive in time for shootaround. Their playing status is uncertain for tonight vs #timberwolves

Tom Halzack

the team wasn’t going to be able to move forward with his personality and presence dominating the locker room. -Souza metrowestdailynews.com/article/201412…

Tom Halzack

Mavs just got a big time player in the truest sense of the word. Good luck to Rajon in Dallas . #rondo