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Report: Celtics never seriously considered trading Rajon Rondo

Aug 16, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

Once Celtics GM Danny Ainge came to the conclusion that Boston’s aging core was no longer capable of contending for a title, he traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and plunged the team into a full-fledged rebuild in the process.

It was widely believed around the league that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo was available, too, and could have been had for the right price. But a rebuild has to begin with elite-level talent at some point, and Rondo is a piece that the team apparently had no intention of trading at this time.

From Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

The wave of phone calls the Celtics received in early July about Rondo has passed, and according to league sources, Boston never seriously entertained dealing their flighty point guard. Rumored talks with Detroit were “overblown,” a source said, and Rondo does not want out of Boston. Rondo is coming off ACL surgery, which bumps down his value, and the Celtics were not planning on selling low regardless.

The low trade value may have had as much to do with Boston standing pat as anything, and unless there was a combination of cap relief (in the form of packaging a bad contract in a Rondo deal — you know, like the one Gerald Wallace is on the books for) and future first round draft picks, the Celtics weren’t going to give up on Rondo before they see what he’s capable of under new head coach Brad Stevens.

  1. somekat - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Shouldn’t this headline start with “Now that he’s staying, the C’s are now saying….”

    • idywild - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      No because there were never considering trading him at a time his value is the lowest. The other teams (mavs,set,nyk) thought they could get him for nothing. And they were wrong.

      • somekat - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Possible. More likey, other teams (mavs, nyk, set?), talked to the C’s, and the the C’s wanted a superstar return for him. While a very good players, he’s not a franchise anchor, and he’s certainly not the type of guy that is going to attract other players, so they said thanks but no thanks

      • idywild - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        Thanks but no thanks? Huh? Team called, Celts called no one. They told the teams thanks but no thanks.

  2. timb12 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I imagine Rondo will get pretty frustrated with the mediocrity this season. Who knows if he’s going to buy in to the rebuild or want out.

  3. dirtydavis - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Celtics should trade this clown and blow everything up! This upcoming draft is going to be stack with great/good players

    • kjereld615 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      They already did “blow everything up” hence the reason we are currently rebuilding. For those who are all for trading Rondo I must ask you is there a better PG in the league who can be worked into a package that is worth trading Rondo for? I think not because lets face it the CP3s, Westbrooks, Currys, Williams, Nash, and Rose are not going to be traded for Rondo which leaves you with the mediocre PG like the Mo Williams or the Jennings. Then there is the draft and can you again honestly say that there’s a player at Rondo’s level or has the potential to be a player like Rondo or better in the draft? Again I don’t see that. With all rebuilding teams we need a great player to build around or else you’re just a bunch of young early round picks who can’t mesh well together (i.e the Wizards before trading JaVale McGee) and can never find there way to the postseason. Rondo is the best player aside from Green and Bradley that we have on our team and it would be foolish to move him.

      • dirtydavis - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Celtics or any team for that matter are not going to build around a gimpy 27 year old PG with a bad attitude. Trade this clown for picks, a pack of newports and a 6 pack of Zimas

      • nhthelegend - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Yeah, “dirtydavis….why would any team want to take a shot at building around a guy who’s done this in his first 7 years?: NBA champion (2008)
        4× NBA All-Star (2010–2013)
        All-NBA Third Team (2012)
        2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2010–2011)
        2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2009, 2012)
        NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2007)
        2× NBA assists leader (2012-2013)
        NBA steals leader (2010)

        And you know, he hasn’t entered his prime yet, so it’s not like he’s going to get better or anything. And you know, Shaun Livingston is still in the league, but Rondo tore his ACL. No one’s ever come back from that you know. He’s going to be a gimp for the rest of his career….just like Adrian Peterson right?

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Thank you. Rondo was the one piece worth keeping and unless they got a Top-5 PG back, he ain’t going anywhere.

        We don’t know how Rondo will respond being “the man”, so I’m all in giving it half a season (by the time he comes back) to find out.

      • andyhr17 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        We get it, dirtydavis, guy you don’t like because he’s most likely torched your team before = a gimpy 27 year old clown with a bad attitude.

        Hey, anything you need to do in your mind to justify him being bad. Whatever.

    • kjereld615 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      You obviously have a hatred for Rondo which I can’t seem to understand why. Is he immature? Yeah he is or at least was. His maturity will be heavily judged this season. When speaking about his character then yeah there are some concerns, however when you are talking about his ability to play basketball then there are no concerns at all. Rondo was an all star for a reason and even last season after he went down with an injury he still lead the NBA in Assist, and he went down at the beginner of the year. Rondo also single-handedly almost brought the Celtics back against the Heat in the Semi’s with his 44 point performance. He makes all the players around him better and still can get to the hoop and finish, not to mention he is in fact just 27 and is still growing into a better player. He is a great player and is no where near “gimpy”

    • shanelsweet - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      Patience. Wait until he’s actually playing in the games again. That time is coming before the trade deadline. When it happens, those offers the Celtics never “seriously entertained” will go up. Trust in “The Danny”. He’s doing a good job so far.

  4. unsportsmenmic - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    Yea tell us another one Boston

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Yea, go write an original article!

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    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      I will give you credit for your punny name!

      • unsportsmenmic - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:10 AM

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  5. chargerdillon - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Rondo = team cancer

    Rather than taking the idea that the Celtics never seriously considered trading him, I’m more of the mindset nobody seriously wanted a head case with 1 good knee

  6. golfrangeman - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Agree 615 except for Nash

    • idywild - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Agreed, Lakers would do that deal in a heartbeat.

    • kjereld615 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Hey don’t sleep on Nash yet. You cant shun Nash for one bad season, where he was joining a new team with a new playbook and a rotation that was never consistent, not to mention he was injured. A full healthy year may show off the Nash of old. Nash is one of my all time favorite PG and I expect him to be good again this year…hopefully, just not against the Celtics of course.

      • idywild - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        New playbook? D’antoni was there. He is like 40. Decline is expected for him. You don’t trade a younger in prime pg for him. Especially a young rebuilding team.

  7. elnogo - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I think that by the trade deadline he’ll be out of Boston!!! In this day NBA as a PG you have to able to make the mid range consistently and Rondo doesn’t.

  8. noahbird - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Just like Danny drafted Melo in the 1st round as the next generation of Celtics players…

  9. idywild - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Huh, his midrange has improved. He is like 45% there. Get your facts straight.

  10. elnogo - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Thats just one season. Could be consider a fluke. Look at the stats before that his best was 41%.

  11. elnogo - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Idywild: I agree with the nash comment. Beside injuries there’s no excuse for nash performance.

    • idywild - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Yeah injuries are more prevalent at his age, but he is declining. Still an all time great, though.

  12. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Rondo is a baller but I believe celtics will trade him to highest bidder. I see Sacramento Orlando Charlotte as possibilities with their assets and/or draft picks.

  13. onlyavoice - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Smoke & Mirrors Again.
    Tell Rondo He’s The Leader & Hope He Plays Well Then Rondo Is Gone.
    You Would Have To Be A Total Idiot To Believe Ainge When He Says Your NOT Going To Be Traded.
    Rondo Would Have Been Gone Already If He Didn’t Get Hurt.

  14. johnheisman - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Trading Rondo is insane. Miami is the two time chanpion, and the object is to win a championship. Name one player on any team in the playoffs the last two years that played better than Rondo against Miami. There isn’t one and certainly no point guards come close including Tony Parker. Chris Paul was pathetic, look it up. Rondo is just behind LBJ in the playoffs and always rises to the occasion. Listen to what the other coaches say about him in the playoffs every year.

    Is Rondo old, overpaid, selfish NO! Is he a team player? absolutely. Where do you idiots get the idea that he is a cancer? He is headstrong, he fights for his teamates. What is Garnet and Pierce and all the other good players’ opinion of him – you know they respect him and love playing with him. Doc Rivers phased out Ray Allen, the team played better with Bradely starting.

    Rondo was named the starting point guard int he All star game and he is the best point guard Boston has had since Nate Archibald. Point guard is an important position and he is in manys ways
    the best point guard – certianly the best passer and if the celtics finally play a fast paced game he will be even better.

    Trading him for a draft pick is also nuts. How many draft picks the last 4 or 5 years are as good as him. Kyrie Erving and anthony Davis – YES. John wall, Blake Griffin – Hell NO. and those are all #1 overall picks and we aren’t getting a #1 overall.

    Appreciate what you have – the toughest player in the league who is a team player with incredible skill that plays best when it counts the most. In addition, he is one of the most entertaining players in the league and great to watch.

  15. davemvh - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    They should have traded him,hes a team cancer.

  16. johnheisman - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Rondo’s toughness is 2nd to none. How many players keep playing a regular seaon game with a torn ACL – like this year in OT against Atlanta? How about a few years ago he dislocates his elbow against Miami but he wraps it up and plays with one arm?

    In the playoffs I saw Rondo personally beat superstars LBJ in Cleveland and Dwight Howard in Orlando. He also won game 7 of the championship against the Lakers and game 7 against the Sixers and to name only a few. He was the best player on the court. That is not easy for a 6 foot basketball player.

    We are very lucky to have him and he is a winner.

  17. 1historian - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Never say never

    While he’s injured his trade value is nil, so the ‘rumors’ about his being almost traded are just smoke and mirrors. Wait until he’s healed and see how he plays and see if he takes over the young team that will be his to lead.

    Just for now – Danny Ainge has proven that he is as ruthless as they get when it comes to trades, so never say never.

  18. mrlitl - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Ha. Zima.

  19. chrisxasos - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Love that Hondo :-)

  20. imakcds - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    The Celtics will NEVER taste a smidgen of their great history with Danny Ainge in control.

  21. jammer73 - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    What they meant to say was nobody wanted to add the punk to their roster.

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