Like any Rondo fan, I’ve been avoiding and ignoring any and all Rondo trade talk. Rondo is an exceptional point guard, who happens to be inconsistent. BUT, when he’s on his game, he is as elite as they can be. Rondo admitted last night he is at his best when the team is in transition. However, the Celtics aren’t designed to move quickly down the floor at Rondo’s pace. All the talk about how Rondo can’t be the future of the franchise is nonsense to me. You just need to get the right pieces around him to maximize his potential. We’ve seen the flashes of brilliance when he has Wilcox to run the floor with him.
Chris Broussard started a little story yesterday about how the Celtics were actively searching for a way to trade Rondo. I blew this off like any other Rondo story.
Thankfully, Danny Ainge cleared up all the nonsense:
“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” the Celtics president said when asked about Rondo’s immediate future.
Ainge also said that he is not actively shopping Rondo, noting that his last active negotiation was with New Orleans last summer during his ill-fated attempt to trade for Chris Paul.
“These rumors have never stopped, but I haven’t made a call mentioning Rondo’s name since last summer,” said Ainge. “That was during all of the Chris Paul stuff.
“Now, this time of year you’re going to get a lot of calls from other teams,” he said. “But that’s just normal. I don’t anticipate anything happening.”
And Danny also cleared up Rondo-Doc relationship:
“Rondo and Doc get along fine,” said Ainge. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t bumps in the road. But I think Rondo and Doc are actually better now than they have ever been. But there are other issues that concern us a lot more than that. There’s nothing new to this.”
Jackie MacMullan talked to Doc on the Rondo trade rumors:
“… In all that time we did not talk once about any trades,” Rivers said. “There was not one single thing about Rajon Rondo that crossed my desk.”
Rivers said Thursday afternoon he is irked by reports the Celtics were aggressively shopping his mercurial point guard and frustrated that his relationship with Rondo is being cited as one of the reasons Boston is willing to part with him.
“My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been,” he said. “Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I’m tired of this stuff. It’s not fair.”
Team and league sources said that while the Celtics were willing to part with Rondo if it yielded someone of Paul’s caliber, they are not actively trying to unload him. Two general managers initially involved in the Rondo-Paul trade talks as a potential third party confirmed Thursday they have not received any calls in recent months from Boston regarding their point guard.
Rondo’s uneven demeanor has been a constant topic of discussion throughout his career, from his days at Kentucky when he butted heads with coach Tubby Smith to his time with Boston. Early in his career, Rivers actually hauled Rondo into his office and informed him, “Your own teammates can’t stand you. You need to fix that.”
According to his coach and his teammates, Rondo took that advice to heart and tried to be more communicative with and responsive to his fellow Celtics. He, along with his more decorated Big Three teammates, went on to win a title in 2008.
“Rondo is a moody guy,” said one Celtics official, “but so what? Stand in line. There’s a league full of NBA guys who are more high maintenance than he is.
“He’s a real competitor, wants to get better and he’s a real gamer. Doc loves the fact that Rondo will fight through anything to be out on the court.”
So from now on, I will continue to ignore any and all Rondo talk…until, he actually gets moved.