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Celtics GM Ainge says team ‘has no intentions’ of trading Rajon Rondo

Jul 1, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

When the Celtics sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets for loose parts and future draft choices, the team made the decision to begin the long, arduous rebuilding process perhaps a season or two before it was truly necessary.

The one star-level player remaining on the roster in Boston is point guard Rajon Rondo, and many believed he was next to go, should the right package be offered in return — you know, something along the lines of the expiring $22 million-dollar contract of Dirk Nowitzki, as an example.

But that’s not the plan at the moment, according to Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge, who intends to keep Rondo in the fold as the team gets younger around him.

From Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:

The Boston Celtics plan to continue the summer cleaning of their roster, and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he welcomes all calls on his team’s talent but stressed again Monday that Boston does not currently plan to move All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo as part of the rebuilding process.

“I always listen to calls and listen to what ideas are, but we have no intentions of moving Rajon,” Ainge said.

Rondo’s name has surfaced in trade rumors more than once over the last few seasons, but the Celtics have been unwilling to deal the dynamic point guard who remains one of the game’s best, despite his frigid personality, even among teammates.

Rebuilding in the NBA is a necessity, but it doesn’t always mean you need to start completely from zero. Rondo is an elite player, and it helps to have a starting point, because no matter how bad of a season or seasons a team endures, top talent via the number one or two overall picks in the draft is far from guaranteed — just ask the Portland Trail Blazers about that.

Ainge has come out and said that the team is not tanking. Keeping Rondo — or at least saying publicly that’s the plan — is one way to go about proving it.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Hard to take his word for it but I believe this one. Getting something for Pierce and Garnett was just smart business. They weren’t a title team and I wear green colored glasses.

    It seems like in this league you need a few All-Stars on your team to be a contender. Rondo is definitely one of them. Jeff Green could be one. Same with Sullinger.

    All in all, unless Ainge gets an offer that no sane GM could refuse, I will believe him.

  2. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Smart to keep Rondo. They just need a high pick in 2014 draft, grab a dude like Julius Randle, and then with Bradley and Green they are back on track to making the playoffs. Losing Rondo seriously sets rebuild back a few

    • 1historian - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      They’ve got 2 #1 picks next year, the year after, the year after that, one in 2017 and 2 the year after that 0 2018. (By that time Pierce and Garnett will be long gone.)
      Next year is supposed to be one of the best drafts in years – they will probably be in the lottery, they can trade their 2 #1 picks next year if they want to move higher in the draft. They’ve got some young talent there now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the playoffs the season after next. They HAD to go through this – every team does. I think Danny Ainge is doing a terrific job.

      Next pick is the coach and maybe some FAs.

    • j0esixpack - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      #1 – Ainge aboslutely would trade Rondo for the right price – and waiting til Rondo shows he’s healthy might increase the take for Ainge

      #2 – Barring that, it does help to have an elite point guard already signed as you attempt to rebuild

      The real wild card here is Rondo – he can’t be happy the team is decimated but he’s coming off an injury so can’t really do anything more than try hard to come back

      If he does prove himself healthy, can we count on Rondo not to act up to try to force a trade off the rebuilding Celtics? I can’t think Rondo REALLY wants to be here through this process any more than Doc did. Lot’s of variables here.

      • 1historian - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Good points well made and let’s remember that Danny was taught by Red Auerbach.

  3. casualcommenter - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    For context:

    Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge called the recent Stephen A. Smith rumors of a feud between Ainge and coach Doc Rivers ‘silly’ and indicated Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett will return next season.

    On Doc, Ainge said, “I think Doc will be coaching the Boston Celtics’ next year.”

    That was on May 10th…

  4. pmx8411 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    uhmm..more like he has NO choice but to keep Rondo

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      He has a lot of choice.

    • 1historian - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Disagree – if someone comes up with a good enough offer Rondo is on the way out. But for now – wait. Wait until Rondo is healed and then …..

  5. halfbaht - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Losing KG and the Truth will hurt, but losing Rondo would hurt even more. We’re not going to be great next season, but i’m not sure we’ll be as bad as some people think. Not saying we’ll make the playoffs, but i think we might do better than expected. Losing Jet isn’t necessarily a bad thing, given his drop in production last season. It’s the season after next where the C’s will be an interesting prospect with Rondo, Green, Bradley, Sulli, Brooks all good building blocks. Hopefully we can add a few good pieces in FA along the way and build a solid bench, (i expect Chris Wilcox, Courtney Lee and Jordan Crawford back). We will have decent cap room when when Humpries’ and Bogan’s contracts expire, even more so as long as we can move Gerrald Wallace and his bad contract, (although i think we’re stuck with him for at least a couple years of the 3, bad move on Danny’s part as far as this trade in concerned) . Hardest part of next season will be watching Kris Humpries in Clover green… even if it’s just for the year.

  6. savvybynature - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Dirk is one of only a handful of players in the NBA with a no-trade clause in his contract.
    Not sure why PBT keeps mentioning a Dirk-Rondo trade like it’s even remotely possible. It isn’t. Dirk wants to go to a team rebuilding about as much as Dwight Howard wants pressure to win a championship.

  7. melkipershero - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    I think theyll see how he comes back from his acl and shop him around the deadline. If he shows his old form they could get a nice package back. Houston would be a somewhat logical fit if Dwight signs.

  8. jacobknicks - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    That headline means he’s a goner

  9. bifford - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    That’s usually what GM’s say right before trading someone.

    • 1historian - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Put it this way – Rondo is still healing from an ACL tear. Does anyone really expect Ainge to say that he is entertaining offers for him?

  10. scalfor3 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Even if they do trade Rondo, it won’t be until he comes back and shows his explosiveness is back. No one’s gonna blow them away with an offer for him now. You don’t give an asset like Rondo away for garbage.

  11. thebigtim2012 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Too bad so sad see ya you lil jerk

  12. florida727 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Have no intentions is code for “is anyone willing to take this guy off our hands?”

    It’s not that they won’t trade him, it’s that they can’t. For a trade to happen, you have to have another willing party. He’s coming back from an injury and has a contract that pays him $11 million per year for the next, I think, three years. Right now, past performance notwithstanding, that’s a lot to pay for a risk. And considering his injury is directly tied to the most critical part of his game, explosive quickness v. ACL tear, he’s not really marketable right now. If you’re a Boston fan, you have to just hope for the best.

    • 1historian - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      same thing I said but you put it better

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