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Report: Rondo open minded to Brad Stevens… if he gets the chance to work with him

Jul 5, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

Boston Celtics Introduce Brad Stevens Getty Images

Let us for a second ignore the elephant in the room — that the Boston Celtics very well may trade Rajon Rondo. We all know that could well happen.

That despite the report from our own A. Sherod Blakely of that Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said he wants to rebuild with newly hired coach Brad Stevens and Rondo. That’s what he’s supposed to say.

What matters is despite reports questioning if Stevens and Rondo can co-exist both say they could work well together.

The two have already spoken and during his introductory press conference Friday Stevens was clear he’d like to coach Rondo.

“There is no bigger fan of Rajon Rondo than me,” Stevens said.

Rondo also is open to the idea, according to the Boston Globe.

Well a source close to Rondo who has talked with the guard since the Stevens hiring said Rondo is looking at the move with a “completely open mind.”

They are going into this with an open mind. But Rondo has admitted he is difficult to coach and Stevens is going from a mid-major college where he had all the power to an NBA system where the stars have the power. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring.

But the two sides started out saying the right things.

  1. dirtydavis - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Yes, I can’t wait to watch the Celtics tank this season!!!

    • jamieaadams - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I feel the same way about watching the Lakers implode. We’re both in for some laughs.

      • dirtydavis - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Lakers 1st round exit next year may be laughable… Celtics in the other hand, those clowns have tons of work to do.

  2. bradybbgoat - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    It will work if the two can focus more on how they can help each other than on who is smarter.

    • fredagsedb - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM


  3. paulhargis53 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    dirtydingus, you’d think you’d be more interested in watching your lakers circle the bowl….

  4. jamieaadams - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    “Lakers 1st round exit next year may be laughable… Celtics in the other hand, those clowns have tons of work to do.”

    Feel free to disagree, but I think the Celtics might be just good enough next year to be too good for the rebuild. I could see them stuck in no man’s land next season, right at the edge of the playoffs and out of the lottery.

    • dakotaandotter - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      how is that possibly going to happen? not that Celtics fans would want it to. the draft will be deep next year and a high lottery pick what the Celtics need to retool.

      • jamieaadams - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        Boston was the 7th seed last season. Name the two teams who are going to leapfrog them. I’ll wait patiently.

    • fredagsedb - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      If they don’t trade Rondo and it works out well with Green continuing to develop, and possibly score 20 a game next year, they might actually make the 7th seed again this year. If Cleveland get’s it together it’s the 8th. That is not good regarding the lottery, but it is good in terms of developing players; they will have something to play for every night and not just numbers on a losing team. And it will be easier to add free agents of good caliber. If Green develops into a borderline All-star and they add another all-star next free-agency, they are suddenly relevant again.

      If it gets messed up, trade Rondo and aim for the lottery.

    • brt653 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      No mans land is OK if they get lucky and come in 9th place AND win the lottery pick.

  5. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Rondo is like the only true PG left..I’m a Mavs fan and will take him if Boston decides to get rid of him..

  6. andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    @dirtydavis at least the Celtics acknowledged that they were done and needed to start the rebuild. The Lakers can continue with another pointless year that peaks with a first round exit and high priced talent

    • antihypocritz - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Look I’m a Celtics fans and that’s a dumb comment. And 6 uninformed people gave it a thumbs up.

      If Howard walks the Lakers have one player under a contract after this season.

      One. Nash at $9.5 million for one more season.

      Granted after Howard makes his decision they’ll still need to sign a few players to fill out the roster, but it won’t be for much money. Maybe one player on the mid-level exception? What more do you expect them to do (i.e. one more pointless year?)

      • casualcommenter - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        He said the Lakers would continue with one more “pointless” year with high-priced, aging players.

        You discuss how the Lakers have roster flexibility in 2 years.

        …Do you see how your comment doesn’t really refute his comment?

      • andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Thank you. Yes, I thought I was clear. Celtics realized one more season peaking with an early playoff exit was not worth it. The Lakers seem content with that path. I’m not an idiot. The Lakers are not going to say down. Come 2014 they will be big spenders. But, you’re an even bigger idiot if you think the Celtics are destined to be bottom dwellers for years to come. They know they have to fall down before getting up again. They want to build a strong young core, not toss max contracts at undeserving players for short term glory.

  7. antihypocritz - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Celtics roster 2012-2013 PER:

    Rondo: 18.1
    Green: 15.0
    DJ White: 14.7 (86 minutes)
    Humphries: 13.6
    Brooks: 13.5
    Sullinger: 13.5
    Bass: 12.3
    Crawford 12.0
    Lee: 11.7
    Wallace: 11.6
    Bradley: 8.8
    Bogans: 6.7
    Melo: 4.9
    Joseph: -3.2 (BOS) 3.7 (BRO)

    + Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson

    Rondo, if not traded, might only play one half of the season! Maybe a little more or maybe a little less.

    This is undoubtedly a lottery team. Yes I expect certain players to show improvement (Bradley, Green), but others will be worse.

    • antihypocritz - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      I forgot about Randolph’s 15.9

  8. halfbaht - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Rondo ain’t going anywhere

  9. dakotaandotter - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    why wouldn’t he be open-minded to him? he’s his boss.

  10. onbucky96 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    How dare Danny Ainge hire a head coach w/o clearing it through GM Rondo. Shame on him.

  11. antihypocritz - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    “casualcommenter – Jul 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM
    …Do you see how your comment doesn’t really refute his comment?”

    Who said I was trying to refute anything?

    The last sentence in my post makes it clear that I’m asking what more is expected of the Lakers at this moment given the cap situation going forward and the fact that they’re still waiting for Howard to make a decision.


  12. mauldawg - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    As much as I am a Celtic fan I think Rondo needs to go. He gave Doc fits. What will he do to a young coach like Stevens. Rondo will be nothing but problems. If the Celtic’s can get a PG in return plus at least a # 1 pick in this next then make the trade. With 6 #1s over the next 3 years it wont take the Big Green long to be back on top.

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