Ainge: Rondo Not Going Anywhere

Rajon Rondo, the 21st pick of the Phoenix Suns

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Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been the subject of numerous trade rumors since the beginning of training camp, despite general manager Danny Ainge repeatedly saying he’s not actively shopping Rondo. Of course, there’s a difference between “actively shopping” and “willing to listen to offers,” and Celtics fans and other NBA observers know that Ainge likes to play word games and pull off big surprise deals. Nonetheless, Ainge has now given us what can probably be considered the closest thing possible (for him) to an iron-clad statement about Rondo’s trade status. From an article on HoopsRumors.com:

Before [Monday night’s] game against the Clippers, Boston general manager Danny Ainge placed a cork in the faucet currently spewing trade rumors about his team’s best player, telling CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely that the star point guard will stay put. “I don’t know how many times I have to say it. Rondo’s not being traded,” he said.

Well, there you go. I wouldn’t bet the farm on anything Ainge says, but this time, at this point in the story, I’m inclined to believe him, so it looks like the Celtics are going to finish out their season with their Core 4 intact and possibly, in a much more minor deal, add a big to the mix to help them in their push for the postseason.

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