Wednesday, published reports stated that an NBA source claimed that the Boston Celtics were being proactive as they tried to trade their All-Star starting point guard Rajon Rondo before the NBA trade deadline arrives on March 15. Thursday Celtics Team President Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers both spoke with members of the media and denied that the team had discussed the talented but moody star with any other team in the last few months, and they both said they expected the 26-year-old player to be in a Celtics uniform for the foreseeable future.
Rivers in a conversation with “ESPN.com” disputed the rumors that a major part of the reason that Boston was looking to deal the guard was because the coach and he had an unworkable relationship. The Celtics bench boss said “My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been. 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 spoke with the “Boston Herald” and he told the paper that his player’s name has not come up in a trade scenario since last summer, when the Celtics were exploring whether they could acquire former New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul. The Team President said “These rumors have never stopped, but I haven’t made a call mentioning Rondo’s name since last summer. 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. I anticipate him being here for a long time.”
The Boston point guard is now in his sixth NBA campaign and has averaged 14.2 points, 9.6 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game this season.