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Celtics GM Ainge on Rondo: “I believe he loves the city of Boston”

Feb 21, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

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Another trade deadline, another flurry of Rajon Rondo rumors.

Once again when the dust settles Rondo is still a Celtic. There’s a pattern here.

As with past years, reports from other teams are that the Celtics were asking the world for Rondo (the buzz is they wanted Chandler Parsons and two first round picks from Houston). Other teams balked at the price. And as with past years, when all was said and done Danny Ainge sat down and professed his love for Rondo, as he did to CSNNE.com.

“I believe he loves the city of Boston. He believes in us, in turning this thing around. There’s not a lot of stress right now because he knows he’s not 100 percent. He’s still getting healthy. I think by next year you’ll see the real Rajon Rondo. I think right now, it’s all good and we’ll just go from there.”

The real test for how much Rondo loves Boston is the summer of 2015 when he becomes a free agent. If Rondo doesn’t love Boston — or at least the rebuilding process in Boston — as much as Ainge professes, then Ainge needs to move him before then and get something in return.

Which means this summer we will get another round of Rondo rumors.

  1. mackcarrington - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Then, there shouldn’t be any problem. Rondo can buy property and live in Boston while playing ball in some other city.
    We know that a lot of athletes rent or lease in the cities they play in. Some even live in hotels during the season. Red Auerbach lived in Washington D.C. during his career with the celtics.

  2. azarkhan - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    “the buzz is they wanted Chandler Parsons and two first round picks”

    Perhaps it’s time for the NBA to institute drug testing for GM’s.

    • thehumburger - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Considering Houston’s picks will be in the 25+ range and very unlikely to yield anything beyond a serviceable rotation or bench player, and Chandler Parsons becomes a UFA after next season (the same time Rondo does), I think a lot of people in Boston would be disappointed if they took that deal. Better off keeping Rondo and seeing if you can re-sign him if the net addition would be a mediocre rotation guy.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Doesn’t make sense from Houston’s perspective.

      Rondo doesn’t have the shooting ability to space the floor and doesn’t have experience playing off the ball. Meanwhile, Harden is a combo guard who loves handling the ball and creating off the pick and roll.

      You maximize Rondo by letting him dominate the ball, and you maximize Harden by letting him dominate the ball. Poor fit.

      • bougin89 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Totally agree.

        You take two players off the court that fit really well with Houston if you trade Parsons for Rondo. Beverley plays much less, he’s a stud on D and doesn’t have to dominate the ball on offense, and Parson who’s really solid all around for Rondo who on paper doesn’t seem like an ideal fit with Harden.

  3. ryanaammess - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Hes not going anywhere. Trading you best player almost never works out. In 2015 hes going to take close the max and the extra year Boston can give him.

  4. asimonetti88 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Houston should have taken that. Parsons is good but Rondo is much better. That would be a great lineup with Rondo, Harden and Howard, with Jones improving

    • adoombray - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      this is video game logic. Harden is the real point guard on that team and just because he plays SG doesn’t mean he would fit with Rondo. Rondo is a drive and dish guard just like Harden is, Harden is just a little taller so he plays SG.

  5. adoombray - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Every year the press tries desperately to drum up this “Rondo is getting traded” thing.

    Listen, every GM calls the other GM’s and spitballs conversations. Ainge would have traded Rondo for a Godfather offer but you simply don’t trade your best player in order to rebuild – you trade everyone else especially when that best player has another 10 years of ball in him.

    And yes, Rondo really does love Boston, ask anyone who has bumped into him. We see him out and about at all the cool spots all the time and there is an unspoken humility in Boston where we don’t mob our stars. If anything, the entire club turns into his security because we love him. He’s known for picking up rounds for the entire bar and is a really friendly guy to anyone wearing C’s gear.

    It’s basically the polar opposite of New York where stars have to go to super private clubs and hire tons of security.

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