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Report: Rajon Rondo wants to start season with Celtics, see how things unfold

Sep 1, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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The reports that came out last week that Rajon Rondo told the Boston Celtics he wanted out and to trade him was oddly timed — you demand trades near the deadline or at the start of the summer when teams have money to spend. By August rosters are largely locked in and big deals are hard to swing (Kevin Love not withstanding, but that had been in the works all summer). Plus you don’t have much leverage when the Celtics just drafted another point guard (Marcus Smart). Then, of course, Rondo’s people denied there was a trade request.

Either way, Celtics GM Danny Ainge is in a position with options — right now he can try to bring in another star to play alongside Rondo if that kind of deal comes up (they tried to get in the Love sweepstakes), or he can trade Rondo if the right option comes along. He just has to make his call by the trade deadline (Rondo will be a free agent next summer).

All that combined makes the report Rondo wants to start the season in Boston make the most sense, a report that comes via A. Sherrod Blakely of

Multiple league sources have repeatedly said that Rondo wants to start the season in Boston and see where things go from there. A similar sentiment has trickled out of Celtics camp, as well.

Rondo is hopeful that the team Danny Ainge is assembling around him is better than most anticipate, that they can be this season’s feel-good story not only in the East but throughout the NBA.

I’m not sure these Celtics are a surprise, unless Jeff Green (finally) or Kelly Olynyk make huge leaps. That said those two guys and players like Jared Sullinger and Smart are good trade assets if the Celtics can find someone to bring in to pair with Rondo (the Celtics have picks, too).

If not, Ainge can be patient and see what trade options come up at the deadline.

Rondo can start the season in Boston, show he is fully healthy after the ACL injury and show he is a real leader and elite point guard, then see who comes after him at the deadline.

Or, next summer he could just re-sign in Boston. Nothing is set in stone.

  1. bostonian13 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    As much as I love rondo, I don’t see him in Celtics green as they rebuild. Definitely a deadline deal.

    Miami looks like right a good fit, along Bosh and Wade. No way I wanna see Chalmers in return.

    • 88heatnation - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      So who would spread the floor between Rondo, Wade and Deng?

    • irvfin3 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Rondo has said in the past that he’d never join the Heat.

  2. lphboston - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    So if this report is true and the previous report was wrong, who was lying?

    a. Jack McMullen
    b. Rondo
    c. Rondo’s agent
    d. Someone speaking for Rondo

    Gotta be someone

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      e. this report could be wrong…

    • phaden27 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Jackie Mac, the reporter with a bimbo brain and a broadswordsman’s body.

    • jvw1982 - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      They all are right, rondo will not sign a long term contract with the Celtics at the end of next yr…..he doesn’t care if he is traded or not….Rondo wants to be wined and dined on the FA market like the super stars get… if the Celtics trade him they won’t get anything for him because he will not sign a long term contract with his new team and if they keep him he will do the Lebron James and leave

  3. sumkat - Sep 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    If they were going to trade him, they should of done so already

    His value is going to drop when it hits the deadline, and he is an expiring contract that can walk after a few months. It’s basically going to limit them to the 5-6 teams that feel they are a big enough market or good enough situation, that they can can sign anyone.

    Half the teams in the league (basically anyone not named LA that doesn’t make the playoffs) are going to have little to no interest, why give up much for a guy that’s probably gone at his first chance? Some of the teams that are in that position, are going to have no interest in a PG (SA, LAC, CLE, CHI, OKC, POR and GS probably wouldn’t have much interest). That leaves you with a small group of teams that could have interest, and he would be a fit. That will basically kills any bidding war. They should of done it when teams would of had a entire season to convince him stay, and the pool of teams that would of had interest would probably double

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      teams want to make sure he’s healthy though…

      I mean he’s not played a lot… he’s missed more than folks think.

      13/14 season he played 30 of 82 games

      12/13 season he played 38 of 82 games

      So he didn’t even play one full season over the past two seasons.

      He missed 13 of 66 games the year before as well, meaning he only played 4 out of every 5 games as he played 80.3% of games that season.

      Those were his age 25, 26 & 27 seasons too…

      Like I said in a post above, I hope the young man is healthy. Injuries make the game worse for all teams and fans of the game…

  4. campcouch - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Unless they trade him to a rebuilding team, there aren’t many out there with anything equivalent to exchange. Can he veto trades? If not, Ainge should look at Detroit or Phoenix. I’m not seeing it though, he could’ve gotten a good deal during the draft or over the summer. This is speculation for Around the Horn.

  5. j0esixpack - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Even Celtics fans can’t blame Rondo with this approach

    He’s willing to play and play hard for a bit to show he’s healthy and has his skills.

    That’s a win win for Rondo and the team – it increases Rondo’s trade value, potentially to a contender – or perhaps some of the quality youngsters develop further and Rondo feels its worth sticking around, as many look like capable role players already, and Ainge has the ammunition to move up and pick whoever he wants in the draft.

    Meanwhile Ainge might (though I doubt it) still be able to work a trade that would speed up the rebuilding process this year.

    But even as a Celtics fan, it’s not unreasonable for Rondo to want to move on to a contender rather than stick around for a few more years and hope it happens in Boston. He’s showing a good attitude thus far, and the Celts may even be better off using a Max deal on someone other than Rondo.

    Seems like Rondo and the team are being smart about this one.

  6. papajack1259 - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    A whiner never wins

  7. scbaby2013 - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Nice back peddling rondo

  8. kingperk123 - Nov 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    If he isn’t trying to take half of a Max contract to stay with Celtics so they can rebuild and add better. Players then I feel they should trade him be fore the summer trade green for gay or try and get demarcus or give up that 2015 first round pick for hibbert customer Celtics want championships not money Max contract. Headaches

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