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Rajon Rondo turns off free agents considering Celtics?

Jul 17, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

Rajon Rondo has the ultimate support of Kevin Garnett.

Paul Pierce backs him, too.

But not everyone gets along with Rondo – and the list is apparently longer than just Ray Allen, whose feud with the Celtics point guard changed the Eastern Conference for years.

Replying to Jeff Clark of CelticsBlog, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reveals some illuminating information about how Rondo is viewed across the NBA.

Rondo can be prickly and hard-headed, which he admits. He once said of opponents, “We’re not trying to be friends with anybody.” I can definitely understand why the initial opinion of playing with him is unfavorable.

But if any free agents give it a second thought, the sentiment is ridiculous.

Rondo is a warrior on the court, fighting for every edge. So what he doesn’t like his opponents? If you sign with the Celtics, you’re his teammate now. He’s absolutely someone you want on your side.

His pass-first style gives those around him easier scoring looks, and his defensive effectiveness also puts his teammates in position to excel on that end of the court. Rondo’s game is extremely unselfish, which should turn on free agents.

Reading between the lines, maybe this is why Danny Ainge is so dogged in his pursuit of Kevin Love. When Love visited Boston – a transparent signal he’s interested in the Celtics – he spoke briefly with Rondo. Perhaps Love is an exception who wants to play with Rondo. That would help explain the theory Ainge wants Love and Rondo or neither.

If Boston can’t get Love, Rondo might be an impediment to other second stars.

  1. duhwighthoward - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    None of this makes any sense.

    1) Allen didn’t leave Boston because of Rondo. He left because Doc Rivers had him coming off the bench behind Avery Bradley.

    2) Rondo is one of the most normal, down to earth guys in the NBA. It’s not like he’s Kobe, who only Ron Artest has wanted to play with.

    3) Why are we making such a bid deal about Rondo? His best days are 5 years behind us. It would be a miracle if he ever plays a full season again. The Celtics should have traded him years ago while he was still overhyped.

    • campcouch - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      I agree on 1 and 2, but Rondo definitely has game left. I imagine he’ll be back to his old self the start of the season. If Boston can’t land Love, I would agree that they should trade Rondo and get players and/or picks of some value since Ainge does not seem adverse to a building project.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        I loved watching him on the Celtics teams that made the Finals. But he’s only played about half a season every year since the last time they made it.

        Injuries suck. I wish him the best.

    • jrob23 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      dude, you are wrong on all three points. It’s almost as if you are talking out your behind or something

    • pharohislife - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Cmon man, how can you sit here and talk about Rondo’s best days are 5 years behind him when he was easily the 3rd Best Player in the 2012 Playoffs.

      And how can you sit here and speak about how he may never play a Full Season again like he’s injury prone. He’s had the injury in the 2011 Playoffs when Dwyane “Dirty” Wade literally Ripped his arm out of his shoulder socket. And that was an injury in which he played through. And then he had his ONE major injury with the ACL halfway thru the 2012-2013 Season which led him to miss the 1st half of the 2013-2014 season.

      So why act like he’s always injuried, Rondo’s known as one of the toughest players in the NBA. Besides those 2 injuries he’s been relatively durable and rarely ever missed games from 2008 till the ACL tear, so that’s nonsense.

      LASTLY, a few players who have been reported to wanting to play with Rondo over the years include
      Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Demarcus Cousins, and Josh Smith.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        I respect everything you said.

        I agree 100% on his toughness, but that shows how bad his injuries have been. I don’t think he’ll ever be the same or play a full season again.

        I think you misunderstood me. I was indicating that no one would have a problem playing with Rondo. I did that by contrasting him to Kobe Bryant. Because you see, in 18 years, Ron Artest is the only free agent in his prime who ever signed on to play with Kobe.

  2. campcouch - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Twitter beef?

  3. kingperk123 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Keep Rondo best PG in the NBA besides Tony Parker #9

    • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      I didn’t realize that Chris Paul had retired.

      • jrob23 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        he’s better than Paul. Paul is only considered great because he throws alley oops. C’mon. Defensively and results wise…Rondo is better.

    • jsala02 - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Chis Pauls defense is him flopping

  4. lenbias34pt - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Duh i’m with u on 1 and 2, but 3 you are way off.
    Rondo is gonna be a top 3 pt for the next 3 years. The Celtics can be a legit contender with Rondo in 2016 , if Green puts more effort into his D and the young guys work.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      When I said overhyped, I meant how the Celtics organization and the media were playing him up as a franchise player – even as he was injured. That would have been a good time to trade him for 2-3 very good players.

      It’s been so long since he’s even been able to play a full season, not to mention the accumulated effect of injuries, that it is difficult to imagine him ever being good again.

      • seansull83 - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        So by your logic D Rose is dead weight on the bulls too.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Yes, exactly.

        If someone would have offered me a couple of good players for Derrick Rose after any of his knee injuries, I would have taken them in a heartbeat.

  5. ebrownwareagle - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    A Healthy Rondo is the BEST PG in The League. Laker/Hawks fan. HATE the celtics.

  6. lastdukestreetking - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Ray Allen also left Boston because they were trying to trade him during his last 2 years there.

  7. praxisprism - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Goodman is a hack. Really only good for college bball. He is just mad that Boogie Cousins said Rondo is the best pg (regardless of what others believe) and said CP3 is seriously an unlikable guy. This goes against everything he has been spewing for the past couple years. Dude is so transparent.

  8. johnheisman - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Rondo is a competitor and a winner. the bigger the game the BETTER he plays. he has been the best PG in the playoffs since Isaiah Thomas, better than Parker with Derrick Rose the next best IMO. I think he will dominate this season and be an all star.

    Since when have the Celtics been in a position to pay for free agents and which free agent did they lose out on? There are none. Free agents look to win and get paid. the Celtics are rebuilding and do not have cap room. The one trade target/future free agent they are interested in, Kevin Love, would absolutely join Celtics and re-sign according to reports.

    If a player wants to cash checks there are better teammates to have than Rondo and the Celtics don’t need them either.

    BTW, Goodman always trashes Rondo, no idea why.

    • kavika6 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      To be the best you have to PLAY. Parker isn’t afraid to play injured, unlike those other two.

  9. ericreives - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Kobe likes him.

  10. chargerdillon - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Since the Celtics have retained Rondo while shedding all their former champions, what have they become?

    Fact is with Rondo as your start….you’re a lottery team.

    And “lottery” team is the only type of team you have. Rondo’s immaturity always shows through at the end of the day even if he’s long past the time of still being immature.

    Sorry Celtics fans, the truth hurts.

    • jrob23 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      ummm…since everyone left Rondo got injured and was playing his way back. Pretty important fact you left out. You are quite the idiot though, that’s true

  11. bigmeechy74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    lots of unrealistic celtic fans in this thread

  12. clarencewhorley - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Don’t get the Rondo hate, how much better would Houston, OKC or a team like Miami or Detroit or NY be if their best guys had Rondo getting the ball to them for easy scores, getting 5-6 rebounds a game and playing good team defense.

  13. lakerade - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Rondo’s jumper is a turn-off.

  14. djshnooks - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Celtics fan since the 80’s and they are not very good.

    Rondo fan since his college days…and his best days are undoubtedly behind him.

    It’s sad how blind and biased Boston fans can be, that’s why the Celtics are the only Boston team I like…because I’m Irish. Lol.

    (And Bird and McHale, etc.)

  15. 00maltliquor - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Give me Rondo on my team any day of the week. The guy is a straight warrior.

  16. jammer73 - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Goodman is spot on. Rondo is a punk. The Celts would be wise to ditch him ASAP and let him wreck another team with his self centered attitude.

  17. lacolem1 - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    He’s far from seeing his best days. I don’t doubt he’ll be a great player again if he’s healthy.

    However, if he’s your BEST player, you’re a crappy team. A lot of Rondo’s tangible greatness is predicated on the quality talent around him.

  18. zackd2 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Wait, I’ll have to watch my PG shoot 60% on FT? And 25% from 3? I wouldn’t want to watch that either, but a good opportunity to pad your rebound totals.

    Remember when PBT had an article about his improved 3 shooting after like 12 games this year? That was fun.

  19. pukpokito - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    I do not agree with all the negative comments about this article.Look, the Celtics and even Rondo just need to get a break and they will be right back in it. How unlucky can you get not ever getting the #1? They got the #2 pick one time and the draftee overdoses on them. Many times they missed out on drafting their target. They missed out on Duncan,Dirk, Gasol whom they all targeted but just never got in proper position to draft them.At this point nothing is out there for them to at least be given a chance to get their hands on. That franchise player.

  20. Kansachusetts - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    My previous comment must have been banned for naughty words, so let me say it more politely. This is a really stupid, baseless post for ProBasketballTalk to feature on its front page. Goodman clearly has nothing and he just got himself into a macho contest with some guy on Twitter who called him on it. There is NO EVIDENCE this story is true. Shame on ProBasketball talk’s editor for promoting it to the front page.

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