There isn’t a single Celtic that hasn’t been mentioned in some trade rumor somewhere. Yesterday, Chris Broussard threw an “update” out there that Danny would move Rondo in the “right deal.” Anyone that knows this team, even a little bit, knows Danny Ainge will listen to any offer and move on something that he feels makes sense for the team. Apparently, what makes sense is a lot
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
It’s pretty clear that the Celtics hold Rondo in high regard. That might explain this promise Rondo’s agent allegedly got today.
Agent for Rajon Rondo, Bill Duffy, tells USAT that Boston GM Danny Ainge assured him today the Celtics PG won’t be traded. Story to come.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 20, 2013
The fact is that Danny is dealing with damaged goods with Rondo. They’re not going to get an impact guy for him right now nor are they going to get a Melo-like haul when he’s not even able to walk normally at the moment. So maybe the Rondo rumors will go away… for a few months at least.
Update: Here’s Duffy’s quote from Amick’s story:
“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.’”