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What’s that you say? The Celtics are not trading a 23 year old top 10 point guard away? Well that certainly is good news and Sam Amico of ProBasketballnews.com is reporting that revelation putting to bed a variety of ridiculous rumors regarding the trade of the 3rd year Celtics star. (h/t: Celticsblog) Here are some highlights of the story to quell your fears but let me say for the record that I think there is no way Ainge pulls a trigger on any kind of trade involving Rondo or Ray during this offseason. There will be plenty of tinkering but none with the foundation of this squad. 

A source within the Boston Celtics organization insisted that contrary to reports, the team is not looking to trade point guard Rajon Rondo.

“Can he be frustrating at times? Absolutelyeady to give up on him,” the source said.

“Whoever put the Rondo rumors out there obviously works for someone other than the Celtics.”

The source added that the Celtics “are not looking to gut the team” following a 60-win season, which ended in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Orlando Magic.

The source said that the Celtics may have had some “very minor” conversations about Allen, “but he’s not likely going anywhere, either.”

He concluded, “My guess is some other team talked to (the Celtics), mentioned Ray in passing, and then the other team took it to people throughout the league who accepted it as gospel. That’s how these things get started, and now Danny is going to have to get out there and refute all this stuff that he really had nothing to do with.

“Does the team need some tweaking? Most definitely. But there is no panic around here, and trading Rajon and Ray would be a panic move. That’s why it’s so absurd.”

  • http://loscy.wordpress.com/ CelticsFanatic

    I'd argue Rondo's a top 5 point guard in the league because of all of the myriad of skills he has. Athletically, he is a gifted point guard whose on the court vision has improved. I want to chalk up the ineptitude of his play to the fact that he's 23– the maturation for Perk has taken some time… but it's there. It took even longer for Pierce, but it's there. Rondo will get there too… it is way too soon to say his attitude won't improve. Part of his confidence and swagger is also the same reason he is capable on the court: the dude truly believes he is better than most other point guards int he league and so when he plays against a Tony Parker or a Devin Harris or a Chris Paul, he's get a chip on his shoulder and a point to prove.

    I want to see him sign something in the 5yr, $72 million range but I know that probably won't happen…

  • http://loscy.wordpress.com CelticsFanatic

    #9’s got intensity. #9’s got attitude. And you don’t want to lose this. You don’t want to lose this part of his personality because it will take away from his game. Wonder why he has the galls to fearlessly take it to the hoop against some of the league’s biggest and most intimidating guys? Because of Rondo’s intensity and attitude. Wonder why he talks trash to whomever he pleases? Because of Rondo’s intensity and attitude. It’s part of Rondo’s game now because it helps ignite and fuel his ability to focus and play hard. How his intensity and attitude tends to manifests itself– the pushing, the shoving, the trash talking, the whining after getting called out on mistakes– will eventually take care of itself. The maturation of Rajon Rondo has already begun and will continue to occur as long as the system takes care of him. Be patient. Don’t trade him. Don’t give up on him. Instead, continue to give him time to grow as a player and let the man turn into the best point guard in green since Cous. The Celts didn’t give up on Paul Pierce when so many others did– remember when he was boo’d off the court? Which game, you ask? Any game. Now look at him: a Finals MVP, a wise veteran, and a future hall of famer.

    Take the Rondo ‘tude for now because it will pay off even more dividends soon enough.

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