Rumors about Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics have been swirling for what seems like forever. They're not about to slow down, either, with Boston in the midst of a rebuild and Rondo in his prime. ESPN's Jackie MacMullan just added some fuel to that fire, saying in a behind-the-scenes clip from Around the Horn that Rondo has no intention of staying with the Celtics.
The video is above and the transcript is below:
Frank Isola: Hey Jackie, now that Kevin Love's traded, you know who's next up? Your boy.
Jackie MacMullan: Oh, I hope so. Just get it done.
Isola: Now it's gonna be the Fall of Rondo.
MacMullan: I know it. And it will happen ‘cause he's told them he wants out. And no one believes me, but that's the truth. And I don't see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him. Tell me where. Tell me where. I mean, you know, the Knicks? People keep saying the Knicks. Yeah, well, who are they going to give you? The Kings want him, and the Kings will give you Isaiah Thomas and the big kid, McLemore.
J.A. Adande: They lost Isaiah, the Kings. Isiaah's down in Phoenix now.
MacMullan: Oh yeah, that's right. Yeah, you're right. God, that's right.
Isola: They do want him, though.
MacMullan: Yeah, and they'll give up McLemore. But the thing is, Rondo's already told ‘em flat-out, I will never re-sign with you. So that's no good. Where do you go?
Isola: I wonder, you know — maybe something with Houston and the Brooklyn Nets. Maybe some kind of three-way?
MacMullan: Houston has interest in everybody, right? They always do. But the piece there was supposed to be Asik, and he's gone now. So, I don't know.
Isola: And so is Jeremy Lin. There was talk about Jeremy Lin and Asik. What about a team like Dallas?
MacMullan: I don't know. Does Dallas want him? Who do they give you back?
Isola: We know the coach of the Clippers — I mean, they have Chris Paul, but I don't think he'd ever take him.
MacMullan: He doesn't like Rondo, remember that. I mean, he's done with Rondo. They went a good, long way together, but that guy, Rondo drives him nuts. And they have Chris Paul anyway. They don't need him. I thought maybe Phoenix might be interested because Ryan McDonough knows him, and they've got Bledsoe so maybe that works. Maybe that works, I don't know. But then the Celtics have the same problem, unless they think Bledsoe's worth a max.
The latest report on the matter indicated that Boston was not making a trade a priority. Reports like that surface once every couple of months though, as do reports that the Celtics are talking to other teams about him. The fact is that, even if Rondo did want to stay, it would make sense for Boston general manager Danny Ainge to explore his trade options. This roster isn't constructed to win now, so it should probably be thinking about the future. Ainge already drafted another point guard, Marcus Smart.
It's worth noting that MacMullan's comments didn't take place during the actual show, and that casual conversation is different than filing a report on the matter. Still, she has been around the Celtics for a long time, so we should take this seriously. And we should get ready for lots more speculation and reporting on his future in Boston over the next few months.