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Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:56 pm
Posted by Royce Young

When the trade winds start blowing, they pick up a whole lot of debris. Some of that wound up on the Boston Celtics' front doorstep as a report said the Celtics were "aggressively" shopping point guard Rajon Rondo.

You'll never believe this, but Doc Rivers and the Celtics say they've heard nothing of it. Via ESPN Boston:
Doc Rivers spent an hour and a half with Danny Ainge before Wednesday's win over Milwaukee, but the Boston Celtics coach says they never discussed trading point guard Rajon Rondo.

"... In all that time we did not talk once about any trades," Rivers said. "There was not one single thing about Rajon Rondo that crossed my desk."

Rivers said Thursday afternoon he is irked by reports the Celtics were aggressively shopping his mercurial point guard and frustrated that his relationship with Rondo is being cited as one of the reasons Boston is willing to part with him.

"My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been," he said. "Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I'm tired of this stuff. It's not fair."

Said Danny Ainge, talking to the Boston Herald, "“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” the Celtics president said when asked about Rondo’s immediate future.

Rondo has always been said to have a bit of a fragile personality, someone that can be affected by trade rumors and other things. So obviously with the Celtics trying to battle their way back into the Eastern playoff picture, this type of stuff doesn't come as good news.

They very well could be shopping Rondo around, but that doesn't mean the Celtics want to trade him. The original report said that the Celtics were essentially fed up with Rondo and the supposed "headaches" he brings. Most notably, the report said Rivers and Rondo have had extreme off-court clashes.

But unlike the other core Celtic members, Rondo still has a lot of time left in the league and at just 26, is certainly a player that can be part of Boston's long-term future. Whether the Celtics are shopping him around or not, Rondo is still wearing green as of now and while his name might pop up in rumors every few days, a deal's not done until it's done.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:39 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Assuming the reports are verified, this is still a business,
Owners and GM’s are consistently seeking Championships and to make money not necessarily
in that order. Now with the business side communicated let’s review the common
sense side.

Boston has aging giants with a relatively young point guard
that provided leadership from his position to aid in solidifying the Championship
chemistry/unison required to hang the last banner over Boston’s legendary parquet
floor. Rondo was/is the floor general and in some instances carries my Celtics to
victories with point and rebounding production.

Boston is struggling at best this year with health issues,
bench support and the ability run and bang with younger more athletic front
court opponents. Then, couple this with trading Rondo to what team? And for
what player to keep the aging giants satisfied? Please remember what Boston had
on the bench during the championship years and look at the bench now with
respect to guard play.  Thus, the Celtics
would be ill advised to acquire another player and insert them into an already fragile
environment as the aging giants loose trade value.       

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:28 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Doc has to deny or it would lower the trade value of Rajon. He was a great player for the Celtics but if they feel they have to do a total and complete rebuild then it is what it is and maybe they do not see Rajon Rondo in those plans. Celtic fans can definately expect some lean years but i believe in Danny, he has helped us get one championship already, hopefully another in a few years.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:09 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

never liked rondo, he's an athlete with lots of problems he'll never be able to repair.  he is reckless with the ball and thats because he drives the floor (good) but when he gets into range his lack of a shot (and he knows it) makes him impudent.  so the guards layoff and await a pass or a awkward drive to the basket culminating in a flip at the rim. 

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:35 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

The headline reads:
Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo
Which of course means there's toooootally talk of dealing Rondo!  Some excitement, FINALLY!!   Let's see where Rondo ends up now that we know there is of course talk of dealing him!

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