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Your Morning Dump… Where Ainge wants to see if Rondo can lead the new Celtics


Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

A source told Sporting News on Monday that, while Ainge gets calls on Rondo regularly, he has no intention of trading him, but rather, wants to see how Rondo operates as the team leader without Pierce and Garnett around.

As one opposing general manager put it, “I don’t think Danny has made a single call about Rondo. He has gotten calls. But it would be wrong to say he has considered shopping him.”

And Rondo is perfectly happy to be part of the Celtics going forward. He has not issued a trade demand or a request or even so much as a trade inquiry, a source told Sporting News. He has no incentive to do so. In fact, Rondo welcomes the challenge of taking over the new-look Celtics, however things might pan out.

Sporting News

It appears Danny Ainge is willing to hand over the car keys to Rajon Rondo. Unfortunately, Rondo’s first ride will be in a 1989 Ford Tempo (my 1st ride) and not some slick Benz.

Ainge doesn’t have much of a choice in this situation.

Rondo may be 27 and in the prime of his career, but his trade value is diminished significantly because of the ACL injury.

I also think it would be foolish to dump Rondo as part of Tankapalooza 2014. Even if the Celtics strike gold in next year’s draft, Mr. Franchise Savior is going to need help.

The mighty LeBron James went ringless in his 7 seasons in Cleveland. What was the main reason behind his departure? He didn’t have enough help to win a title.

There’s this misconception that tanking is the only option for a legitimate rebuild.

You can build a team through solid drafting and free agents. Look at the Pacers. Their cornerstone players (Paul George – 10th, Roy Hibbert – 17th) were not top 5 picks. Their key role players (David West, George Hill) were brought in via trade and free agency. The Grizzlies pieced together their team mostly by trades and free-agency. Same goes for the Nuggets and Rockets.

It can be done.

As for the small matter of hiring a head coach, Ainge is not in a rush:

“I don’t feel any pressure or any rush to go through that process,” Ainge said Monday after the team introduced rookie draft picks Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson at a community event in Mattapan. “We’re through the draft, we’re all prepared for summer league, we have enough guys in the gym for our [players] now. We have our strength coaches. We have enough coaches around to work out our players when they come in. There’s just no urgency at all on that. So we’ll take our time.”

It’s going to be Jay Larranaga or Brett Brown.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Scal lends a hand to Olynyk | Ainge cleans up roster | ESPN Boston – Ainge: No intentions of moving RajonCeltics introduce rookies | Ainge not throwing in towel | Globe – Don’t bet on tanking | CSNNE – Olynyk excited to get started | Iverson hopes to continue to impress | Ainge looks to keep Rondo on rebuilding Celtics

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  • Kahnstantine

    Hoping for Brett Brown.

    • MatthewWilding

      I’m also pulling for Brown.

    • KGino

      I thought the sixers already hired him?

      • Kahnstantine

        There was a rumor last week that they had but turned out to be false. He has ties to New England and I would think that if Boston wants him, he’s ours. Hopefully DA doesn’t force his hand to Sixers by waiting too long.

        • KGino

          Nice. I remember reading an online article that they hired him but I just re-googled and it looks like you’re right. I think he used to play under Pitino at BU.

        • eddysamson

          Not only does he have ties here, but he’s gone public that he really wants the job. New Englander, longtime member of Spurs staff, International basketball coaching experience, never been a head coach (Ainge wants that)…he is a perfect fit as far as I can tell. I dont know much about Jay Larrange or whatever his name is but hes the one I always see on this blog’s posts.



    • Reggie35RIP

      Haven’t seen a good all caps post for a while.

      • BELINDA


      • eddysamson

        with the classic first letter lowercase

      • Frank Aziza


    • Why are you yelling at us? haha

      • BELINDA

        Hey this post is suppose to be about my support for Rondo, not my old age and leaving the caps lock on, LOL,LOL!

  • DirkDigler

    I’m pulling for brown too and I remember a week ago reading he would love the job. Does anyone feel like ainge is hesitating on hiring him? I’d hate for Philly to grab him

  • zippittyay

    I think this will be the best thing ever to happen to Rondo. His biggest weaknesses (besides sometimes lackidasical on ball defense) is what to do without the ball and pounding the ball waiting for one of the former Big 3 to get to their spot. Rondo is at his best when he is moving with the ball being a threat for a short shot or layup or a pass to a wide open guy for a shot or dunk. We don’t really need superstars to knock down wide open shots though it helps. More motion to the offense will help this team tremendously.

    • Reggie35RIP

      Also will either prove the detractors right or wrong with regards to him not being anything without the Big 3.

      • Mannie

        It wouldn’t be fair to Rondo to judge him leading the team in a season that he won’t be 100 percent healthy. Even if he plays most of the season, it takes a while to be yourself after such major surgery.

        • tvor03

          Leadership is much more than being able to play well.

  • Frank Aziza

    This is the season to see how Green Rondo and Bradley play. Who stays and who goes. Rondo is deadly when out to prove a point.

  • CallingBatman

    I never did figure out where the “Rondo isn’t a leader” theme came from. As I recall, every time there was an update on a rehabbing Celtic, Rondo was always mentioned as having visited and called, much more so than either KG or PP. So I have to think he has pretty good credibility with the rest of the team. Sure, I’d prefer he play with some superstars, but I’m looking forward to seeing some running and gunning this year.

  • Robert

    Smoke screen. If Dwight and Smoove don’t end up together than Rondo will be on one of their teams. And it’s not going to be in Boston.
    There is no doubt in my mind they are tanking, I just doubt that it actually works.
    Not all of the top 5 picks in 2014 can lead all their respective teams to the same promised land. I don’t care how deep the draft is supposed to be, you aren’t guaranteed a Lebron just because you are in the Lottery. You aren’t even guaranteed a Rondo!
    Rondo isn’t going to sit out and watch all his all star buddies play together on these semi-superteams just because DA says they may get a great player in the draft, he is too competitive and selfish. He will probably demand a trade halfway through the season if DA hasnt already shipped him. Which will only bring down his value.
    And if he stays it would be even worse! No top tier players interested in playing in Boston, and there is no way to out-tank the bobcats, bucks, 76ers and the other 8 or 9 teams that also think they are getting Wiggins or Parker.
    It’s a sad state of affairs here in Boston, can’t try to win, not bad enough to be bottom 10 team.

    • Suarez

      Depending on how long Rondo takes to come back, and how effective he is,
      I think there’s a very high likelihood the Cs are a bottom 10, even bottom 5 team.

      Here are the teams that are really going to suck next year:

      -Atlanta (depending on what happens w/free agency)
      -Utah (Probably going to really suck. But Kanter and Favors may have breakout years and change that.)

      Then there’s the teams that are trying to get better but may still suck:


      The only way this team misses out on the lottery is if Rondo can prove himself a real world beater and lead the way to more wins on his own. And that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. It would enhance his trade value, and could even entice others to come play with him.

      • tvor03

        LAL is looking pretty bad too if Dwight leaves, which all signs are pointing he will. Kobe aint coming back for a while.

        • Robert

          LA has said that if they lose Howard they will be players in the free agent market. They aren’t gonna tank. Unlike the Celts. I can absolutely see them going hard after Smith, or Big Al.

          • tvor03

            LA has no cap room to go after free agents. The only way for LA to get a FA is through sign-and-trade, and they have nothing to trade except over the hill former All-Stars. If they lose Dwight, they’re going in the crapper with us.

          • frickenWaaaltah

            LA wouldn’t even be allowed to get a player through sign and trade. There’s this new cap zone called “the apron” which this year is between the luxury tax level and ~4 million above it. Now once you are over that zone, you can’t take back a player in a sign and trade deal. They’re still going to be over it even after Dwight signs somewhere else, so no sign and trades for them this year.

            However, they can get a disabled player exception for Kobe. It will only be for a one year contract at a maximum amount equal to the non-taxpayer midlevel exception, which is like 5 or 6 million.

          • tvor03

            did not know about that. thanks.

            and correct me if I’m wrong, but they can only use the disabled exception if Kobe agrees to sit out the whole year, which he certainly wouldn’t do.

  • Lee in Oregon

    I don’t buy DA line of BS…..

    He hasn’t begun the search? I guarantee he’s got a very short list of coaching candidates and has at the least sent out some feelers. Brown claims (a few days back) he’s had no contact yet……..I’d say it’s Larranaga’s job to lose.

  • RedsLoveChild

    The Celts are TANKING in a great draft year…which is the smart thing to do. You generally do not win titles without a dominant player, and that dominant talent must have some degree of size…Shaq, Duncan, LBJ, Kobe, KG, Dirk.

    For all their success, Indiana and Memphis have not won a ring. The Nets and Clippers are only kidding themselves, because they won`t win either. Chris Paul, at barely 6`0″, is not a “dominant” talent.

  • frickenWaaaltah

    Danny “wants to see” lol more like Danny has no choice now unless he wants to trade Rondo for next to nothing.

    Doc and Danny just annihilated Rondo’s little remaining trade value. He was already ‘difficult to coach.’ He already had an acl injury. But what they have done so far this summer looks like a giant ‘no confidence’ vote in Rondo. Otherwise why not let Rondo come back and see if he can get them past the Heat? Doc left Rondo for Chris Paul, and Danny gave KG and Pierce to the Nets to ‘contend’ with Deron Williams. Also the whole ‘fire sale’ thing wrecks the offers you get from other teams.

    Rondo pretty much has to recover from his injury and show the league he is a more mature player who can indeed play for a coach other than Doc for Danny to have a chance at getting fair value.

    But oddly enough, Danny may be the one who actually does still like Rondo. Paul Pierce at the start of the 2003-2004 season: 27 years old. Rondo at the start of the 2013-2014 season: 27 years old.

    Four years into his first rebuild, Danny either had to improve the team or trade Pierce and he managed to get Ray and KG etc and so we kept Pierce. It could have gone the other way. Danny could have failed to find deals and been stuck building through the draft for a few more years.

    • Robert

      I foresee him going to the first team that offers a 1st round pick, and an expiring contract. The only teams that would be interested would be teams that think Rondo makes them a contended or that he will bring in another big name guy. That means that pick will be a late pick.
      I don’t think Danny is expecting to get an All star caliber player for Rondo, but I don’t think that will stop him from trading him.