Rumors about Rajon Rondo's availability are flying again, and director of basketball operations Danny Ainge is denying the Celtics are actively trying to move the All-Star point guard.
Sources confirmed the Celts are seeing what they might get for Rondo and all their players, but they aren't just trying to get rid of people.
"I anticipate him being here for a long time," said Ainge of Rondo before the Celtics 107-94 win over the Nets in Boston Friday night.
He added that his last serious talk about Rondo was in the offseason when the Celts were trying to get Chris Paul from New Orleans.
"These rumors have never stopped, but I haven't made a call mentioning Rondo's name since last summer," Ainge said. "That was during all of the Chris Paul stuff.
"Now, this time of year you're going to get a lot of calls from other teams, but that's just normal. I don't anticipate anything happening."
As for a report that the impetus for moving Rondo is that he has a poor relationship with Coach Doc Rivers, Ainge insisted that is false.
"Rondo and Doc get along fine," said Ainge, whose team hosts New York on Sunday afternoon. "That doesn't mean there aren't bumps in the road. But I think Rondo and Doc are actually better now than they have ever been. But there are other issues that concern us a lot more than that. There's nothing new to this."
A source told the Boston Herald the Celts are being very selective in what they'd want for Rondo.
"Are there five guys in the NBA they might trade him for?" he said. "If you're talking (Russell) Westbrook, Chris Paul or Deron Williams, then you have something to think about."
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