If the Celtics are looking to make a move with Rajon Rondo in the upcoming season, it won’t come by request from the C’s All-Star point guard. Rondo held court with reporters during a press conference announcing his signing with Anta as an official sponsor. During the presser, the longest tenured Celtic hit on a number of topics, including his future with team, his reaction to the KG/Pierce trade and much more (Via A. Sherrod Blakely at Comcast SportsNet)
On his future with Boston: “I love it here. The fans are great here. And Danny (Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations) has been straightforward with me. This is my team. Why would I want to leave? Why would I want out? I never really backed away from a challenge. This would be a challenge. I’m looking forward to working with coach Stevens. It’s a brand new start for us as a team. A lot of new players and a lot of young guys willing to listen, so I’m very excited about that.”
On his comments from media day about the KG/Pierce trade: “I don’t really say much and speak out on exactly what happened. I talk to Kevin all the time.” “I talk to P. Obviously it was different when the trade went down. I didn’t expect it to happen. I had just gotten off the plane. It happens, and that’s the business. I’m not going to say it was, ‘forget about it’. We still talk about them in the locker room today, tell stories about how KG was, things Paul did. At the end of the day, I still talk to every one of those guys. I talk to Jet, I talk to P, I talked to Kevin yesterday. We still check on each other. It’s a brotherhood. It’s something that you can’t break. We won titles together. We been through the fire together. It’s just something for life.”
Be sure to check out the full interview transcript at Comcast SportsNet for more on his recovery process, his relationship with Brad Stevens, Phil Pressey and more.