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CSN New England’s Donny Marshall — the former NBA player who covers the Celtics and does some color commentary for the team’s broadcasts — was on NBC’s SportsTalk today talking Rajon Rondo and saying the Celtics were open to moving Rajon Rondo more because of his personality than his game.
“My sources tell me he’s started to wear his welcome out a little bit,” Marshall said.
Marshall also says that you can’t put trading anybody past GM Danny Ainge, who is fearless about exploring and making moves.
We've heard this before. Rondo is moody, stubborn and hard to coach. I still find it hard to believe that his personality is the driving force behind the trade rumors.
On Page 2, Glen Davis is in shape and has 5 teams interested.
Boston Celtics free-agent forward Glen Davis appears to be in good shape after working out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the past two months. In addition to the Celtics, Davis has drawn interest from New Jersey, Portland, Atlanta, Orlando and Philadelphia, sources said.
Davis is good friends with Magic center Dwight Howard, dating back to their AAU days.
Aside from New Jersey, I don't see Glen Davis as the obvious starting power forward for any of those teams. LaMarcus Aldridge is the man in Portland, although they do have a couple of creaky centers in Marcus Camby and Greg Oden. Does Orlando see Big Baby as an upgrade over Brandon Bass? Plus, GM Otis Smith needs to sort out that little Dwight Howard situation. The reborn Elton Brand posted a 15 and 8 season for Philly last season. Owed $30 million, he's not going anywhere.
Atlanta is enticing. Could the Celtics swing a sign-and-trade that nets Josh Smith?
The rest of the links:
Globe – Ainge standing by Rondo | Celtics proceed with patience | Herald – Ready, Ainge and shoot | Fresh start thrills Doc | Not sweating Rondo rumors | ESPN Boston – Celtics with roster spots to fill | CSNNE – Challenges ahead for Ainge | Friday FTs: Shaq loves Rondo; Marbury update | NBA.com – Josh Smith baffled Rondo on the block |