Celtics: ‘Not Trying To Trade Rondo’

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — That was swift, the Celtics’ squashing of the rumors that they are aggressively seeking trade partners for All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.

Both team boss Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers addressed the situation in their own ways Thursday, refusing to comment on specifics but sending a message (whether it was intended not) to Rondo and Celtics fans that whatever the franchise will look like going forward (sans the Big 3), it won’t necessarily have Rondo-free look (despite reports to the contrary):

Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston.com explains:

Doc Rivers spent an hour and a half with president of basketball operations 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.”

Ainge called Rondo the team’s “best player” and reaffirmed on Thursday during his weekly call to Boston sports radio WEEI that he’s not actively trying to trade the 26-year-old.

“He’s our best player, he’s the most important part of our future,” said Ainge. “There’s no way we’re actively trying to trade Rondo. That makes no sense, no logical sense.”

Ainge went on to note that another team could always bowl over the Celtics with an offer to obtain Rondo’s services and admitted he couldn’t turn down one that made the Celtics better, but concluded, “I’ve made zero calls to try to trade him, and I won’t.”

This sounds a lot like what both Ainge and Rivers said in December, when they had to calm the chatter down when rumors spread that the Celtics were trying to move Rondo for Chris Paul, before Paul went to the Los Angeles Clippers.

With the March 15 trade deadline fast approaching, they all have just a few days more of this craziness before it’s all over …


  1. Matic Lebar says:

    I’d trade Ray Allen for Javale McGee if that’s possible 😛

  2. beantown says:

    18-17-20 for rondo lin who? hahahahahahah

  3. Ninja says:

    No Trade Rondo.
    Trade Danny Ainge. 😀

  4. Croakus says:

    Rondo is the Bondo that holds the Celtic’s body intact!

  5. beantown says:

    IMO rajon needs to be signed for the long haul hes been out like ten games this year. Think about this with the ten games hes been out including the two games he was suspended for throwing the ball at the ref hes averaging a triple double like every eight games. The most of any player in the league and at the point position that is insane. Hes knocking down the 15 foot jump shot more consistantly as well teams are leaving him open for that shot and hes gaining confidence. keep him danny ainge! hes only going to get better and is definately worth building around his stats are coming up points per game 14.8 or something per game

  6. cbbcbvc says:

    yo the celtics will lose in the playoffs to the heat and thats goodbye for them. their horriible this year and they proved it the knicks will go all the way and finally win a title


  7. Celtics4LIFE says:

    If only Boston had gotten Tyson Chandler….I hope they can get a good center for the second half of the season.

  8. celts says:

    dirk they cant get rid of all the big three there gonna have to split them up and its most likely that allen will get traded because they cant trade KG since the celtics really need a center and paul pierce stared with the celtics and will end with the celtics so i think ray allen will get traded to get younger talent

  9. Boy Pickup says:

    They could start rebuilding next year once KG and Allen become FA’s. Have their eyes on SG’s like Dorrell Wright, Mayo or Batum (he can be a SG), and on SF’s like Beasley or Thaddeus Young. These young players are good and still don’t have burdensome contracts. Except for Young, they may be moved by their respective teams due to overcrowding in their respective positions (even Young has to share minutes with Iguodala and Brand). If Green develops into a player they wished them to be at PF, then they will have a young core they can build on with Rondo as their leader. If they bought in Doc’s philosophy and have the Unbuntu attitude Boston have, then we give them two years, they’ll be contenders then :).

    And they might consider betting also on Oden’s knee, as he might come cheap just to play :). A Rondo-Wright-Beasley-Green-Oden line-up might take a little while, but it would be a difficult team to beat given the right time and attitude.

    • Dhruv says:

      This is very unlikely to happen anytime soon, Pierce still has 2 more years on his contract after this one… so unless he retires early, or gets traded, this is going to be his team till he leaves. Disappointing as it is…

      • Boy Pickup says:

        I’m not a fan of KG and Allen leaving either. But I guess they just have to rebuild somehow. I was just hoping KG and Allen would accept minimum vet contracts (LOL) after this year to stay in Boston, so the team would have the flexibilty to get young talents they can mentor. It is not actually the Big 3 getting old that has been killing them, its the bench that they have right now. Anyway, Green is already a project as KGs replacement, they might be able to snag Wright or Batum, who can play both 2-3 thus giving rest to both Paul and Allen. After Paul’s contract they can then look for another wing player, which isnt really that hard since the league is full of them. That player might not be as good a Paul, but he doesnt have to be because Rondo will be the one running the show. All he need is to be effective, be a solid defender and be a team player.

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  11. DonBrasco says:

    Tired of hearing about: Pierce blaming losses on lack of practice time when the “Big 3 plus 1” still starts and plays the majority of mins every game. One would think that this group would actually have their games fitted together after being the core for 5 years. Yes…practice is extemely important but this is not the prblem. Tired of hearing that Celtics players are using games to condition themselves into game shape. Does this sound ridiculous to anyone else? TOO MANY EXCUSES!!! Zero energy. Why? Little to no effort most nights. Why? General lack of attention to the game, no accountability and an obvious lack of a desire to win are the Celtics issues this year. Too much is being ascribed to age when age itself is not the problem…complacency and zero motivation are.

  12. yuyu says:

    the reason y their record is like this is cus of lockout i dont think but i know that they can “compete” with miami and chicago thats not even a question i think for miami and chicago the question is can they compete with boston, and ppl really r forgettin who this team is, champs in 08 that wasnt long ago, finals in 10 coulda won it, had the numba 2 record in the league for almost all of last year just got a little unlucky in playoffs with injuries, but now its just lockout and some injures, once everyone healthy theyll be the same old celtics that they have been ever since 2007, the team that has a championship, made it to finals twice, had the top records for all those years, im sayin right now they r gonna close out this reg nicely and get somewhere around 3rd seed and yes i really think they can and will and they can “compete” for a title and i think they will get it done!!!!!!!!!! legggggoooooo!!!!!!!!!! celtics 2012!!!!!!!!!!!champs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. yuyu says:

    celtics all the way just gotta play good for rest of reg and then when playoff come watch out i think ppl forgetin who this team is, everyone will be reminded when the playoffs roll by, gon get it done celtics 2012 champs baby

  14. yuyu says:

    YEAAAA celtics all the way we dont need none of them fools celtcs 2012 champs bitch

  15. Celtic says:

    Good! It wouldn’t make any sense to trade Rondo, even for the likes of Steve Nash. Boston’s priority is the future, not the present. I know they want banners, but you don’t get banners through instant gratification—even though the 2008 big 3 would seem to prove otherwise. What the Celtics need to do–and it’s sad for me to say this–is break up the big 3. Ray Allen is their best trading piece, since they need Paul Pierce and KG to make a title run, and since Allen is still playing at a high level. Allen could bring in a coupe of solid players, no one incredibly huge, but good enough.
    Also, if it weren’t for Jeff Green’s heart issues, the Celtics would be a much better team this season. The Perkins trade, in retrospect, does make sense, even though Green is out. When he comes back, and if Boston can make a few key trades, Boston will hopefully be ready to compete with Miami and Chicago.

  16. Eric says:

    @ Dirk No Way Ray KG & Pierce They Are The Celtics They Just Need To Get Younger Guys Like Right Now Chris Kaman!
    Beasly will come handly!!

  17. Dirk says:

    Its not Rondo we need to get rid of Its Ray,KG, and Pierce they need to get out we need younger players who have some experience and a strong bench… Dwight Howard would be a good addition to Boston and So would maybe trying 2 get a swingman Like Igudola WE NEED CHANGE IN BOSTON!!!

  18. Ann says:

    Good boys 😀 go celtics!

  19. Cameron says:

    For some reason I believe Ainge for once. The Perkins – Green trade made sense, but it doesn’t at the moment since Jeff is out for the season. The Celtics will get back on track and I think Doc and Ainge both have confidence that they will, especially since Garnett is playing at such a high level. If Wilcox and Garnett keep the boards good (with a little rondo) and they have Ray out on the wing and pierce working in the paint, its over for anybody when the Celtics get on a roll. It doesn’t matter if Ray Allen is 36 or 50, that doesn’t affect shooting ability, age just affects speed and stamina. Celtics are going to change things around and with Jermaine out and Garnett playing center, I think the team is going to look very sharp.

  20. kratos rage says:

    are you out of your mind?! it will be a big mistake for boston if they trade rondo,cmon guys

  21. Jose says:

    If both team boss and coach didn’t actually want to trade Rondo, who has been spreading the rumour out? And most important, why do magazines or sites like this speak about it? (initially, I mean).