With the trade rumors starting to swirl again surrounding Boston’s willingness to deal point guard Rajon Rondo, Sam Amick of USA Today had a major scoop earlier this afternoon in talking to Rondo’s long-time agent Bill Duffy. The always-reliable Amick, who broke the news of Jeff Green signing with Boston last summer, was able to speak with Duffy on the record regarding Ainge’s direct assertions about Rondo’s future with the team.
Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is a good listener, and league executives continue to call Ainge about point guard Rajon Rondo’s availability even though Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL, an NBA executive told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about ongoing negotiations.
Yet according to Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, Ainge said on Wednesday that Rondo will not be traded.
“He was emphatic that they would not trade Rajon Rondo,” Duffy told USA TODAY Sports. “He said, ‘We love him, and he’s our guy moving forward.’ Everybody is trade-able, and there’s always a bunch of dialogue with every player in the league who doesn’t have a no-trade clause, or LeBron James and a few other guys. In this particular case, Danny Ainge was emphatic that ‘we are not trading Rajon Rondo.'”
First off, a wise move by Duffy to nip this story in the bud before it gained too much steam in the next 24 hours. As was discussed earlier today after Broussard’s report came out, dealing Rondo for help now did make some sense on the surface. However, Ainge’s asking price around the league for an injured Rondo probably proved to be far too much, as expressed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com
I’m told the “right deal” for Rondo would be: Dwight Howard, Chris Paul or a massive haul of assets like Denver got for Melo. Not happening.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2013
So Danny explored his Rondo options, didn’t find anything he liked, then spoke with Duffy to put him and Rondo at ease? Sounds about right. The beat goes on.