HoopsHype Rajon Rondo rumors

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

A league executive who has inquired about Rondo's availability in the past pointed out on Sunday that any comparison between Rondo's current plight and that of K-Love would be "short-sighted and just flat-out wrong." "Minnesota had to trade Kevin Love because they had [nobody] remotely close to [his talent level] now, or going forward, on the roster," the source said. "When Boston drafted Marcus Smart, that took away a lot of leverage Rondo might have had in demanding a trade. I think both the Celtics and Rondo's people understand that, which is why all this talk about him demanding a trade makes no sense." CSNNE.com

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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Q: Is it important to you now that you've been through it to talk to other guys if they go down with that same injury? Nerlens Noel: Oh yeah, yeah. Definitely, definitely. With all the support and love, certain guys, especially Rajon Rondo -- he was definitely the biggest helper through this whole process, he actually gave me his phone number and told me I could hit him up whenever about it. Being from Boston, watching him growing up, and he went through it and he came back as strong as possible, actually before me, so it gave me a lot of confidence, having his good faith. CBSSports.com

Keyon Dooling: So here I was, on a mission to connect with this supposedly scary dude everyone’s talking about. I didn’t really have a choice, they even moved his locker next to mine to get the relationship going. Result? A great friendship! I found him to be the total opposite of scary. I think the timing had a lot to with it – he was at a place in life where he was open to my way of helping. There were a lot of misconceptions about him in the media and even in the league, and I wanted people to appreciate Ray (that’s what I call him) for who he truly was. HoopsHype

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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

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