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Celtics President Ainge says he anticipates Rondo “being here for a long time”

Mar 1, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

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The Rajon Rondo trade rumors have started up again, but Celtics President Danny Ainge is doing his best to downplay them. The Boston Herald has the report:

Danny Ainge, despite another wave of Rajon Rondo trade speculation, said this afternoon that he expects the all-star point guard to still be a Celtic following the March 15 trade deadline.

You never say never where Ainge’s willingness to make the right trade is concerned – especially in the case of a valuable asset like Rondo – but he is downplaying that possibility now.

“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” the Celtics president said when asked about Rondo’s immediate future.

Ainge went on to say that Rondo and Doc Rivers’ relationship is better now than it has ever been, and that the last time he was actively engaged in a trade rumor that involved Rondo was when Chris Paul may have been available last summer.

The 26-year old Rondo is around a decade than Boston’s “Big Three,” and it’s natural to assume that the Celtics’ post “Big Three” team will be built around Rondo, but the All-Star point guard’s play and behavior have been somewhat erratic this season. In any case, Ainge says he “doesn’t anticipate anything happening” with Rondo right now — we’ll see if that holds true over the next two weeks.

  1. lucidsportsfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Good I, really hope they don’t trade him. Rondo’s a unique talent who does things with the ball I’ve never seen before. As a celtics season ticket holder, he’s the reason I go to games. And check out this list of all-time greats he added himself to last night http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_02_26_archive.html#418014810954806214

  2. rick1v - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Ainge, “We’ve got some fantastic young players to rebuild with, take our point gaurd. PLEASE!”

  3. tomshoe - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    I don’t trust Ainge. I know what he’s capable of.

  4. lakerluver - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    TRANSLATION: we want a young star for him but other teams aren’t willing to give us one. They should do a Rondo for Pau trade. Though I just can’t see the two bitter rivals doing a deal together. Rondo would look just as ridiculous in PURP AND GOLD as Pau would look in Green!!

  5. bknowledge - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    If Celts can trade Ray Allen to Clips for Mo Williams, moving Rondo becomes more feasible.

    Maybe Rondo for Chris Kaman and New Orleans lottery pick…

    If Celts miss the playoffs this year, next years team to start the season could be
    Mo Williams
    Paul Pierce
    Jeff Green
    Garnett
    Kaman
    and two lottery picks…
    Maybe next year trade Garnett for a first rounder…

    Celts need picks to rebuild…They aren’t getting lottery picks for Allen, Pierce, or Garnett (teams in the lottery don’t trade those picks for aged veterans).

    Just a thought…cause the Celts need to make some kind of move…

  6. theonlysaneblazerfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Rondo and a throw-in to Blazers for Batum and Camby’s expiring contract. Let’s do this! Danny Ainge, I know you’re “smart” enough to pull the trigger on this one…

  7. j0esixpack - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Translation: Rondo is available but don’t think Ainge is going to give him away without getting value.

  8. cmbailey7384 - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    I agree with most of the translations above, I just wish he could translate reality of the situation i.e. “Rondo is my youngest talent and the ONLY player whom I can build a team around on my roster.” This will be ruined by the trade deadline, I envision Ainge trading Rondo and maybe Allen for nothing special and then trying to sell these moves as “putting the team in a better position for the draft and free agency.” I really fear for the Celtics future right now.

  9. losangelasbasketball - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Watch some youtube vids of garnet when he was a timberwolve….now watch a celtic game today… 2 different players….

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