Celtics Ainge Says "Rondo Knows That We Love Him"

Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge spoke to the media Wednesday, on a variety of subjects and according to the “Boston Globe” he addressed the rumors that he was trying to swing a trade with the New Orleans Hornets, that would send Celtics starting point guard to the New Orleans Hornets for All-Star guard Chris Paul. The former Celtics player told reporters that the rumors that have been circulating over the last few days have no validity at all.

The man who built the team that won the NBA Title in 2008 said “Rondo will be fine. Rondo knows that we love him. He knows that we like him. He’s excited to come back and play basketball in my opinion. He gets a lot of attention. He’s a great player. There’s a lot of people that call me and ask me about Rondo. How these rumors get out is unfortunate. We didn’t leak those rumors out. He’ll deal with it, he’ll be fine. I field a lot of calls about players on our roster. Trade rumors are part of the world we live in. It’s a media circus out there. Everybody’s been in trade rumors and everybody will. If you’re worth your salt you’ll be mentioned in a trade somewhere along the line.”

When asked specifically if the Boston point guard would be traded, Ainge responded “I don’t anticipate that, no.”

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers who was with Ainge at the press conference also praised Rondo. Rivers told reporters “I think he’s one of the top point guards in the NBA. I think Rondo has established that. There’s a reason when this thing leaked out that it was all over the news. It’s because both players they were talking about were really good. He is a great basketball player, and he does so many things for our team. He should be flattered in a lot of ways that this is news.”

Ainge told reporters that he has had discussions with the agents for forward Glen Davis and guard Delonte West who are now Free Agents. He said that the team was interested in bringing both players back, but revealed no further details. As to Boston’s plans for Free Agency he said “We have a list of players that we’d like to get. Right now there’s a lot of money out there, lots of teams with cap space. Players are waiting for big pay days. We just have to be patient.”

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