HoopsHype Rajon Rondo rumors

June 28, 2014 Updates

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

“You’re not going to get a bidding war over Rondo,” said one NBA general manager. “He’s a great player, and teams have interest in him, but they’re not going to rearrange their world to make a run at him like they would for some people. “Now, if he comes back next season and takes another step forward after the surgery, that could change things. Teams might want him more, and, you know, Danny could decide to keep him and hope he can re-sign him next summer.” Boston Herald

What we know for sure is that Ainge will be entertaining some offers for Rondo this summer, but, according to sources, that may still not assure a trade. The opinion here is that the Celts will have a difficult time getting a return for Rondo commensurate with what he means to this team. But they aren’t afraid to wait it out. Boston Herald

June 27, 2014 Updates

Danny Ainge tried to put an end to those questions Thursday night by indicating moving Rondo was not in the team's plans. Ainge responded with a simple 'yes' when asked if the team will move forward with their veteran point guard on the roster. Instead of talking about moving Rondo, Ainge was adamant in stating he thinks Rondo, Smart, and Avery Bradley can all play together. "[Smart's] a very versatile player," Ainge said. "Easily those guys can play together. I think they would really thrive playing together, all of them." Boston Globe

June 26, 2014 Updates

It was the first question that came to the mind of most Celtics fans when the team selected Marcus Smart with their first first-round pick Thursday night – what does this mean for Rajon Rondo? Well, according to owner Wyc Grousbeck, the answer is not much at all. The reason for Grousbeck’s public stance is head coach Brad Stevens, who proved through a 25-win season that he could handle most of what Rondo could throw at any first-year head coach. “It’s interesting, that wasn’t a topic of conversation tonight,” Grousbeck said. “We have confidence in Brad that he can manage a roster but we also had confidence that of the “Top 6″ we were going to take the best available as opposed to trying to slot in. That’s a strategy when you’re rebuilding a team, you take the best available athlete and then you let it all work out. We’ve got an all-star point guard so that’s not a question here.” WEEI.com

Teams have long called the Celtics to inquire about whether Rondo was available in a deal, but league sources said that teams will be calling even more now that the Celtics have Smart. “They will come after Rondo for sure,” one source said. Said another source, speaking of Rondo: “I think he will be on the move.” Boston Globe

If it is trading season, then it's time for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo to have his name run through the trade wringer. But, according to a source close to the situation, Rondo has not been informed of any change of plans when it comes to the Celtics' future, and he remains committed to helping Boston in its rebuilding efforts. "I think it is the usual BS," the source told Sporting News. Sporting News

June 24, 2014 Updates
June 21, 2014 Updates

According to sources close to Kevin Love, Rose’s preference is for the Bulls to work out a deal as soon as possible for Minnesota’s All-Star forward because he sees Love as more of a team player than Anthony. Chicago is in the mix with Golden State for Love, with Boston and Denver considered long shots. If it makes any difference to Melo, Rose has no plans to recruit Love, who is free next summer, either. But the Bulls already know whom he’d really prefer to play with in the future. New York Daily News

June 20, 2014 Updates

Rondo said: “You never know what Danny’s capable of doing. I can’t tell you too much. We want to turn it around next year. Danny has a lot of wiggle room the past couple of years with what he’s done in the draft. Hopefully [Anthony] won’t go to Chicago. “I think after we try to get Melo and add an additional piece, who knows? The sky’s the limit. I play to try to win a championship every year. With Melo, I think it’s very possible.” New York Post

During an appearance Thursday on ESPN’s “Numbers Never Lie,” Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo talked about Love, including their meeting up at a Red Sox game during Love’s recent weekend trip to Boston. “Not recruiting at all,” Rondo said. “Kevin is under contract. With the CBA, the NBA takes that very seriously: no recruiting. We were at the game, I was sitting on the Monster seats, had some great seats, enjoying myself. I took a glove out with my son and we tried to catch a ball, but none never came. “As I was exiting, Kevin Love was at the box suites and I spoke to him, said hello, no pitch, just wanted him to enjoy his time in Boston, and that was about it.” Boston Globe

June 12, 2014 Updates

At long last though, Rondo looks healthy and has been a regular visitor to the team’s practice facility and draft workouts all summer. His constant presence has been welcome sight for Stevens and the rest of the team’s coaching staff. “He’s been great,” Stevens said. ““Physically, he looks fantastic. That really sets a tone having him come in. That really is helpful.” Boston Globe

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