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Celtics coach Brad Stevens on latest Rajon Rondo trade rumors: ‘It’s all speculation’

May 17, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo has been the subject of multiple trade rumors over the past few seasons, for a variety of ever-changing reasons. His name once again came up, in a report saying that his availability in a deal may be at an all-time high, mainly because Rondo will be an unrestricted free agent following the conclusion of next season.

With the Celtics in the middle of what may be a lengthy rebuilding process, there will be tough decisions made on both sides. Boston will need to determine if Rondo will be worth the near max deal he’ll require, and Rondo will need to figure out whether he wants to stick around while the team tries to improve, or bolt to try to be a part of a more immediate winning situation somewhere else.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge would be wise to pursue all of his options to avoid seeing Rondo leave without getting anything in return, but that doesn’t mean Rondo is likely to be dealt. Ainge refuted the latest report, while Celtics head coach Brad Stevens chalked it up to his team’s being out of playoff contention, and people needing something to talk about.

“I think as far as the rumor mill goes, we were out out it early,” Stevens said, in an interview with A. Sherrod Blakely of “We didn’t make the playoffs, so we’ve got to have something to speculate about, I guess, right? But it’s all speculation. Nothing has come across my plate. We’re excited about having him, excited about him really having a great year next year.”

Due to Rondo’s impending free agency, the speculation isn’t going to go away anytime soon, and in fact, it will continue throughout next season — or at least until the trade deadline passes.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    This is the part when Knicks fans say, “what about Stoudemire’s expiring contract and Shumpert for Rondo?”

    • TheMorningStar - May 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      No Knick fan is stupid enough to propose that trade anymore…and knick fans are plenty stupid.

      • cantonb0und13 - May 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Yes they would. Knicks fans has the same amount of basketball knowledge as James Dolan.

      • 1historian - May 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        And let’s not forget that since the Knicks last won a title the Celts have won 6.

    • rohlo - May 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      hes gonna end up in houston !!!!!!!

  2. cruzan80 - May 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Rondo & Green to Houston for Asik, Lin & a 1st round draft pick.

    Houston gets a legit star PG who can maximize Howard & Harden’s strengths on the court. Green can start at PF or SF which in turn will strengthen their bench.

    Boston gets another draft pick & two solid young players whose contracts expire at the end of next season. Depending on who they draft, they may actually keep them…especially Asik.

    I think it’s a win win for both franchises.

    • bhunter1995 - May 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Continuing my comment above, Rondo + D12 + Asik on the floor at the same time would be horrible on the offensive end of the floor. The Rockets should avoid trading or signing Rondo.

    • pharohislife - May 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      GTFOH. The Celtics could do better than that for their Top 5 Point Guard. The 1st Round pick you mentioned would be in the 20s, so the package is pretty much garbage.

      And if your Rockets would plan on playing Jeff Green at PF all I can say is good luck with that.

      • cruzan80 - May 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        “The Celtics could do better than that for their Top 5 Point Guard. ”

        Really? Like what…?

      • xLith - May 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        Have you seen the Rocket’s PF options? Yeah.

    • TheMorningStar - May 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      hahaha…thanks for the laugh. That trade proposal is garbage.

      Anyone wanting Rondo better be prepared to also take on Gerald Wallace’ awful contract.

      • bkbell3 - May 18, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        Rondo is very good but a bad fit for Houston. Harding needs the ball in his hands to be effective and Houston needs a point guard who can play defense and hit jump shots.

  3. 1harrypairatesties - May 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Good idea cruzan80 this way Melo can go to Da Bulls.

    • cruzan80 - May 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Melo is going to the Bulls no matter what happens as far as I’m concerned…as he should.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Rondo DNP-CD the last day of the season. He was healthy…. not resting for playoffs…. so why? Most shameless attempt at tanking this season. Worse than Philly because all they did was trade away all their talent. Purposefully holding your players out is a different thing. #BostonStrong huh, Rondo? Eff you. And eff the Celtics.

    • simoneauchristopher5 - May 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      You really are a moron. Rondo blew his knee out in January of 13. They eased him back in. If you watched one Boston game, you would know that they were in pretty much every game. Why play your only commodity when your team has no chance at the playoffs and the player isn’t 100%? Once again, you look like a fool on this site. You still think Tyson Chandler is better than Bill Russell?

      BTW- who else did they hold out? Jeff Green played 82 games. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your idiotic opinions..

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        First of all, great memory. I did criticize Bill Russell but only in the sense that he’s overrated. I said he didn’t have to play team defense like centers do today. Bill Simmons seems to think Russell is a basketball god but I’ve seen some of those old games and 75% of his rebounding numbers are due to the pace of the game back then and his incredible height compared to everybody else. I do think Bill Russell was better than Wilt because I’m not a stat-obsessed guy like Wilt was… but Russell isn’t the second greatest player of all time.

        Secondly, if you would care to look at the boxscore for Boston’s 82nd game it says Rondo DNP-Coach’s Decision. That’s complete and utter crap. You’re supposed to compete with your best guys if they’re healthy. Rondo was healthy enough to play for several meaningless months, what’s one more game? The truth is they were tanking. And it just so happened to hurt my Bobcats because had Boston won they would have the 6 seed and played Toronto instead of Miami.

      • duhwighthoward - May 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        @ProBasketballPundit, you have lost all credibility. I don’t even know where to begin.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 18, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        @duhwighthoward Read my post below about Wilt. He was stat obsessed. He should have been team & championship obsessed.

    • bkbell3 - May 18, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Wow, Russell was better than Wilt?smh Russell was great but he was a 45% career shooter and Wilt killed him most of the time. Russell just always had loaded teams. Then you said Russell’s height gave him an advantage over players at that time when Wilt was even taller? Wow dude you’re completely lost.

    • TheMorningStar - May 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      The plan was to have Rondo not play back to back games on account of his still recovering knee.

      Even if Boston was in the thick of the playoff chase, he srill would get multiple DNP’s.

      Please feel free to post your comments, but your ignorance of facts is shining bright.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        I looked up Boston’s schedule and the Washington game wasn’t a back-to-back. Rondo played 35 minutes @Philly on April 14 but wasn’t available April 16 at home? Look, everybody keeps talking about facts. The only fact we have is that the boxscore says it was coach’s decision that he didn’t play. It doesn’t say DNP-Sore knee it says DNP-CD.

      • TheMorningStar - May 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        The games don’t literally need to be back to back! And who cares what is listed after DNP?

        Ainge and Stevens had stated multiple times that Rondo would sit out some games due to his knee.

        Go look that up.

      • TheMorningStar - May 18, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Better yet, here’s an example:

        Now go away, troll.

    • 1historian - May 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      The Celtics won every single deciding championship game in which Bill Russell played.


      The Celts had a 24-58 record to end the 21007 season. DA did some wheeling and dealing and thising and thatting and the next season they were NBA champs – the biggest turnaround in NBA history. And DA was trained by Red Auerbach, the best GM ever in pro sports.

      Another of the hot rumors going around is the Celts’ lottery pick – number to be decided Tuesday – for Kevin Love.

      This is getting good.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 18, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        I have a lot of respect for Bill Russell and what he did, especially the 3 seasons he was player-coach. That’s incredible. He should have won 4 rings for those 2 championships. When I say he’s overrated I merely mean by Bill Simmons. He has him as the second greatest player of all time. I think Bill Simmons is attributing modern day center responsibilities to 60’s basketball which isn’t very accurate. It doesn’t matter really… just know that I think Bill Russell is appropriately rated or even underrated by everybody but Bill Simmons.

    • 1historian - May 18, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Your command of the language is impressive, but if you want us grownups to take you seriously it would help if you stated what team you root for, or if you just show up to show what a doofus you can be if provoked.

      I’m a Celtics fan.

  5. slaugin - May 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    They beat 3 playoff teams including the Heat in their last 14 games and went 2-2 in the last 4 games…Not sure what tour beef is.

  6. sawick48 - May 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    that comment above about Russell being overrated made me literally LOL. He didnt have to play defense the way the guys today do?? really?? without Bill Russell, the guys today don’t play defense the way they do. Arguably the most indefensible statement I’ve ever seen on these boards. (and THAT….that’s saying something)

  7. bigwii - May 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    If the Rockets want Rondo they’re going to give up Parsons, Asik and a first. Other than that no point for Boston to trade him there, there will be plenty better options.

    I love Rondo, if they don’t want to risk free agency then trade him somewhere where you get what you want, including George Wallace’s contract off the books. Trade Green separately and see what is out there.

    Teams like the Suns Magic and Kings are the best options. They’re are others but those offer the best match.

  8. bigwii - May 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    The Pistons would be another good match.

  9. naterich21 - May 18, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    If you’re a polarizing player, the only way to get out of trade rumors is to start sucking(See O.J. Mayo)

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