Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens deny Rajon Rondo trade rumors
The reported rumor is that Rajon Rondo "may be more available now than ever," but Boston brass repeated that the team is happy with its point guard.
Rajon Rondo's name will not leave the rumor mill. The Boston Celtics point guard will be a free agent after 2014-2015, and at that time he'll be 29 years old. The logic isn't hard to follow -- Boston is rebuilding, and it will be difficult to construct a championship-level core around Rondo to make the most of his prime. It might benefit both sides to find him a new home.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that the New York Knicks turned down a Rondo trade during the offseason, and there are rumblings now that he might be on the trading block, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett. Celtics president Danny Ainge strongly denied both, via the Herald:
What we’ve been hearing for a while and in more concerted tones here is that Rajon Rondo may be more available now than ever before. Danny Ainge yesterday dismissed a report that the Knicks had turned down a deal for the All-Star point guard as “maybe the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard.”
“We love Rondo, and Rondo loves us,” Ainge said. “We don’t feel like there’s pressure that we have to do something or there’s some sort of deadline that something has to get done by. You know, sure Rondo has to see progress and Rondo has to believe that we’re going to be contenders and be in the picture and have something. But that’s an ongoing thing. I mean, we feel that way with everybody.”
"He's still around a lot, a the [team] facility," Stevens said. "We were out out it early. We didn't make the playoffs. So we have something to speculate about. But it's all speculation. Nothing has come across my plate. We're excited about having him. Excited about him really having a great year next year."
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