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Rajon Rondo Off The Trade Market? Ainge Tells Rondo’s Agent He Won’t Deal Him

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

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.


  • janos

    Ther is no reason trade rondos he is future our team but every days is same rumers and am hurry up for deadlines so we can stop a talk on him or this.

  • Phil725

    Heh, gotta love trade deadline time. One hour things are supposed to be quieting down, the next, Rondo's on the table!… the next hour he's back off the table. It's gonna be a very interesting 24 hours; the trade deadline is never a quiet time around the NBA, and the Celtics are going to be involved in a lot of rumors before all is said and done.

  • I_Love_Green

    Trader Danny making me nervous!

  • Mark

    I understand that no one is untouchable for the right price but Dwight no longer fits the bill of “right price” IMO. In fact I was never a huge fan of Dwight and never really wanted to see him as a Celtic back when fans were going gaga over the possibility of adding him to the big four. Dwight has a loser mentality and on the biggest stage the world is seeing it.

    Kyrie Irving would be the right price but less than zero chance of happening. Rondo is still the man IMO.

    • Phil725

      I think Irving may actually be the third most valuable player in the entire league. Miami and OKC would refuse straight up trades for Lebron and Durant respectively, but I think you could get any other player straight up for him. He's averaging 24 and 6 on a team where he's the only offensive option, and he's 20 years old! Even better, he's very cost effective for four more years. He's a lot of fun to watch.

    • Rav

      I think people are being too harsh on Dwight. He doesn't get along with Kobe, but so have few others. He's still averaging 16.4ppg and 11.8 rpg (leads the league) in 34.8 mins, while shooting 58% – all slightly below career averages, but we must remember that he's coming off back surgery and is still playing with a busted-ish shoulder. If Dwight returns to where he was pre-injury I'm definitely trading him for Rondo and a pick, at least.

      Just cuz he smiles doesn't make him a loser. Lebron jokes around but he also happens to be the best player in the game.

  • Phil725

    I'm starting to feel good about all of the names being thrown around as we close in on the trade deadline. It seems likely that a big shakeup isn't going to happen, but there's a lot of pieces, especially guards, available that should help this team compete for the rest of the year, and for little to no long term cost.

    I'm partial to Jordan Crawford personally, and it seems like he could be had for close to free from Washington. Sure he's a bad attitude, no defense, losing player on a bad team, he's also instant offense, and he could replicate what Barbosa was starting to give this team. I may overrate the KG/Doc factor a little, but I'd expect him to fall right in line if he showed up here. He'd be another guy who could go off for you on those nights when PP and Terry are bricking everything.

    The Kings are apparently out of the market, but I'd be intrigued with picking a guard off their scrap heap as well.

  • IBleedGreen