First off, we’ll start off with the latest from ESPN’s Marc Stein and what he’s been hearing on the Rondo front in regards to asking price and what the Knicks can offer Boston:
New York can offer to take bad contracts off Boston’s hands, which would have to appeal to Celtics front-office chief Danny Ainge, but the Knicks lack the shiny draft picks or top-flight youngsters Ainge is presumed to also covet.
One source close to the situation told ESPN.com this week that Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck — who has long preferred to keep Rondo in Boston even though he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in less than 18 months — is insisting that Ainge set a high trade price for the All-Star point guard.
The thinking goes something like this: If the Celts could score first-round picks in the respective transactions that sent coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers and packaged Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, you can imagine what sort of haul Ainge’s bosses believe Rondo could bring.
The Knicks are also not the only team that are still interested in Rondo, as the Rockets may be another team in the mix
This latest report (h/t: CelticsBlog) comes from FoxSports.com’s Sam Amico who is reporting that Rockets and Celtics have talked about a deal. He didn’t report any more specifics on those talks, but sources are telling him that the Rockets think they can get Rondo.
Our own Michael Pina had a Celtics-Rockets swap as a potential deal for Rondo this morning on CelticsHub so be sure to check out that one clicking here
Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun also has more on the Raptors’ interest in Rondo:
Everyone likely wants to know more about Toronto’s interest in Rondo, which I first reported earlier this week. No change there. The Raptors still love Rondo and think he’s one of the NBA’s elite players, but he still won’t come cheaply and the odds of a deal getting ironed out by Thursday aren’t high. Perhaps in the off-season things could get revisited, though Toronto won’t have quite as many assets up for grabs then as would be the case if Kyle Lowry was flipped now for assets that would go to Boston in a Lowry deal.
Finally A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com reported Tuesday afternoon that the Celtics have interest in Utah small forward and former Butler player Gordon Hayward:
It would appear the one thing that might nudge Utah towards giving serious thought to dealing Hayward, would be if the Celtics were willing to part with at least one of their stockpiled first-round picks.
But two league sources, both having had recent conversations with the Celtics, told CSNNE.com on Tuesday that Boston is “very reluctant” to part with any of their first-round picks in facilitating a deal.
At this stage nothing appears evident, but keep it on CelticsHub in the coming hours for the latest on any potential moves the Celtics could make.