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Rajon Rondo’s agent denies they asked Celtics for a trade

Sep 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Well what did you expect?

First came the leak (it wasn’t really a report) when the very connected Jackie MacMullan of ESPN said in an off-air moment on “Around the Horn” that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo had told the Celtics he wants out (that moment got released by ESPN). This would be the equivalent of what Kevin Love did in Minnesota, telling the team he would not re-sign with them so trade me know while you can still get something for me.

Except maybe Rondo didn’t ask for a trade after all.

From Mark Murphy of he Boston Herald.

Usually these kinds of requests are not made directly, rather it’s done through second or third hand parties. It allows the player to deny making any such request.

Whether Rondo’s “people” did or not isn’t really changing his situation anyway.

Danny Ainge has played it so he has options — he can try to bring in another star that will get Rondo to re-sign and stay, or he can shop him. Ainge can do both right now then decide what direction to go if he does/doesn’t find that star player or he gets a trade offer that wows him.

Rondo does like Boston and being a Celtic, but it’s hard to imagine him sticking around through years of rebuilding.

  1. titansbro - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Rondo isn’t a guy to build around, they should trade him anyway if they can get good value. Hell Minny conned the Cavs into giving them Wiggins, so maybe they could get more than they think.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      They “conned” the Cavs for Wiggins because LBJ came back and told the Cavs front office that they were going to get K Love for him.

      Now, Minny knew that LBJ wanted Love and that LBJ didn’t care whether Wiggins was sent away as long as he got K Love.

      Kind of easy to “con” someone under those circumstances.

      Cavs to Wolves… We want K Love

      Wolves to Cavs…. OK, we want Wiggins then.

      Like the Cavs were gonna tell LBJ no, they weren’t going to trade Wiggins for Love.

      No “conning” was necessary for them getting Wiggins at all…

      Fait accompli when LBJ wanted Love.

  2. sellahh - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Stat padding PG with a bad attitude in a league littered with great PGs who can’t score and plays his best once every five games unless it’s national TV.
    What was Boston’s offense ranked during 2008-2011? I believe it never got better than 15th and was mostly floating around 20th.
    Wow, such Rondo, much PG

    • jvw1982 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Yep and don’t forget coming off a major knee injury….

      • spitfisher - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Knee injures are almost 100% in 3 months, he was out for over a year.
        Trade the condescending punk.

    • adoombray - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Boston resident here, and I am going to be devastated if he leaves. he’s a lock for leading the league in assists when he’s actually trying. the problem was Ainge drafting a guy who can’t play on the same floor as Rondo at the 5th spot and then drafting another guy who is also redundant with the Bradley re-sign. Ainge kicked the can down the road to the next offseason instead of finding help. All the team needed was a rim protecting center and a scorer more consistent than Jeff Green and it was back to contending with Rondo being the centerpiece. Instead Ainge listened to all the idiots who insist the point of being a GM is to be terrible for draft picks. If you tell me my team can have a 28 year old player who leads the league in assists im going to be elated. guys like Rondo don’t grow on trees. Guys like Rondo are guys that your team tanks to get.

  3. cmart0907 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    I think we already learned by now once an article is released no matter what the situation is ex trade , release , signing etc etc. Then another article comes out and gets “denied” that nothing is true. The first article is true. The moral of the comment is that if an article comes out with somebody denying after the first got released then the original article is true.

  4. unclerico14 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Please. Great player. Great Celtic. Danny has been trying to trade this guy for six years now. Doc Rivers could have built around him but opted to coach his rival instead. Demanding a trade? Ha! Come on, Rajon.

  5. adoombray - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    You mean… a marginal reporter on a network that is basically televised clickbait made something up to start a conversation in the dead of the offseason? SHOCKING

    • Kansachusetts - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      You have no idea who Jackie MacMullan is, do you? I don’t agree with her on Rondo’s value, but she is a great writer.

      • adoombray - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        no, and why should I? this is 2014. There is no need for some kind of elite reporting crew. Jackie MacMullan is no better than you and I. we are all throwing the same theories out there. The problem with citing anonymous sources is that it’s just as likely she’s making stuff up to get her name out there as it is that she actually spoke to Rondo’s agent or whatever. Cite the source and then you get credit. Say you have an invisible friend who told you a thing and you are a blogger looking for hits

  6. saint1997 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    I’d be interested if the Knicks still had interest. It was reported they did, but that was before Phil and the Triangle Offence that would be much better suited to say a Goran Dragic

  7. lphboston - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    The best time to trade Rondo would have been at the draft.

    The second-best time is right now.

    If Ainge waits until the trading deadline, it’s the worst of all worlds — Rondo helps the Celtics win a few games and hurts their draft position, and teams would get him for only a few months and will pay much less.

    Rondo is a strange dude who is not the type to lead a team. He doesn’t go all out all the time (evidence: the TV/non TV games split), and if you can’t get along with Doc Rivers and Brad Stevens, the problem is probably your fault.

    I’ve seen Rondo play hundreds of games, and still can’t figure out what the guy is all about — either on or off the court. May be time to just bite the bullet, see what anyone will give for him and turn the team over to Smart. The Celtics market the team to 12-year-olds anyway, so it’s not likely the unsophisticated fan base will desert them.

  8. digg2000 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Come to the promise-land, Rondo… Sacramento!

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