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Report: Rondo, Celtics are focused on the summer of 2015

Chuck - Red's Army January 17, 2014 Celtics News, Rajon Rondo 15 Comments

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Our friend Sean Deveney of The Sporting News sheds some insight into whether Rajon Rondo and the Celtics are on the same long term page:

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, dating back to the end of last June, when the Celtics began their rebuilding project in earnest by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, management was in contact with Rondo about the team’s long-term plan. And it is only a small coincidence that the Celtics’ long-term plan dovetails nicely with Rondo’s long-term plan — both are focused on the summer of 2015.

That is when Rondo will be a free agent. If all goes well for him, he will play through the rest of this season healthy and getting rid of the rust that comes with nearly a year off. He will return next year in a role he has never known in the NBA—  as the unquestioned star and leader of his team, something that wasn’t going to happen as long as Pierce and Garnett were around.

A source close to Rondo told SN that he, “relishes that challenge.” Which makes sense. Ideally, Rondo would come out next season and post big numbers on a fair-to-middling Celtics team, positioning himself as one of the top free agents in 2015. He will be 29, and could fetch a four-year deal in the max-contract range — if all goes well for the remainder of this year and next, of course.

His preference, as he has said, is to remain in Boston over the long term.

Come 2015, the Celtics will have a ton of cap space to sign Rondo to an extension (max or near max) and get a big name free-agent like:

Minnesota’s Kevin Love would be the top target in that scenario, but consider some of the players who could be part of the fallback plan: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Roy Hibbert, Tyson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap, Kenneth Faried (restricted free agent), Klay Thompson (also restricted).

A refreshing report that probably won’t get a lot of play in Boston because it goes against the media grain that is trying to run Rondo out of town.

And it’s  not just the Boston media. ESPN’s JA Adande dropped the most ridiculous reason to trade Rondo earlier this week:

J.A.: Ainge should trade Rondo if for no other reason than to end the speculation about whether he’s going to trade him. Haven’t we been wondering ever since 2008? Another thing that confuses me: If the reason to trade Rondo was because he didn’t get along with Doc Rivers, shouldn’t Doc’s departure mean Rondo can stay now? (And if those two hated each other, why did Rondo visit with Doc in his office before the Celtics played the Clippers recently?)

I’m praying that was said in jest.

The Celtics can rebuild into a championship contender with Rondo as a key piece. I’m not saying they will, but they can. Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.

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  • Thatguy

    I saw that piece by J.A. Adande. There was also an article on probasketball talk which mentions Rondo’s return, but then the other half talks about why they should consider trading him…

    It’s been like this forever, I don’t know why bloggers and writers are so intent with trading Rondo. What did he ever do to them?

    • WardenOfTheNorth

      Before the Big 3 got dismantled, Rondo was the prize everyone wanted. I don’t think Ainge ever thought he could get 3 first rounders for KG and PP, but he figured he could get something for Rondo. That’s why Rondo’s name always came up. Now that Ainge has cleaned house and collected his picks, I highly doubt Rondo is going anywhere. But the rumors have been with this kid his whole career and will most likely follow him until he call it quits.

      • Thatguy

        I’ve only followed the C’s since 2010,(And well, basketball in general) but I know the rumors have been there for a while. I can’t wait to see how things pan out.

    • Oziel De Oliveira Carneiro

      In the video that went along with that piece Andande said that the Celtics should trade Rondo for Gasol’s expiring, totally insane, a trade that would only benefit the Lakers. He is a Laker fan, and he is starting to sound as biased as Tommy, so I started disregarding his opinion when it comes to Celtics

      • Thatguy

        I’ll keep that in mind, thank you.

      • Bayern

        I hope you apologize for comparing adande with Tommy. Tommy is a sound basketball mind and most of things he says is very positive. Adande is another analyst like skip or SAS. Pleasee….

        • Oziel De Oliveira Carneiro

          Far from my intentions to put Andande and Tommy in the same category, Tommy is amazing. But he is biased on talking about the Celtics as any other fan and in his case lifelong involvement with the team would. And is to this bias that I’m saying Andande is starting to use, but using this in detriment of other teams, as opposed to the positive way Tommy does

  • Rich Jensen

    A max-contract DeAndre Jordan? That would be awesome! Almost as awesome as that $111M Gilbert Arenas contract. But since the new CBA…. I guess what I’m saying is, Danny Ainge should drive up to Jordan’s house with a dump truck of money and a pitchfork and just keep shoveling it out until David Stern makes him stop. Because you never know——-if he’s on a max contract, surely, he’ll work on making his free throws! I mean, he’d feel like he owed it to the team, right?

  • RedsLoveChild

    2015 : Summer Of Love

    Kevin Love is “blue collar”, and doesn`t really fit well with the Lakers` Showtime image. He belongs in Boston, patrolling the paint with Sully and a young “big” to be named later.

  • Matthew Diehm

    Rondo, should be the next closest thing to this new era’s Celtic for life. Other than Paul Pierce, (Brooklyn don’t count for me cuz I think he’ll be back in some role next year) Mchale and Bird are the last ‘lifers’ that come to mind. Talents like Rondo do NOT come around everyday. He is extremely smart and wise beyond his years. He got to play with three future hall of famers and for a top 3 coach, has led the league in assists three times, and steals once. And winning a title as well doesn’t hurt. Rondo’s play on the court alone warrants a max deal and the opportunity to play out the rest of his career in Boston. But this amazing talent is HIMSELF a future hall of famer. You don’t let that go. His experience, absolute leadership and dynamic style of play are absolutely unique in this league, and I’m so excited at what the future could bring. Don’t trade him. Utilize him. Don’t hate on him, try to understand him. You don’t get rid of a top 5 point guard in this league today, possibly the best drive and dime PG we’ve seen in 20 years. He’s part of the future and we need to cherish that.

    • forever_green

      I agree with everything here^….only problem is that with Danny here we know no matter what Rondo’s days are numbered.

  • CoachAJ

    Join the discussion…Rondo, Bradley, Green, Sullinger, Olynyk. Pressey, DRAFT PICK/FA, DRAFT PICK/FA, Bass, Faverani. The future is looking good. Add a sg at around 6″6 that can shoot the 3, and an athletic 7 footer. I won’t argue Bass or Green, I just like them in Celtic Green.

  • Nazaret Jarekian

    IF Boston can land Embiid in the draft and find someone to take Wallace’s contract next year than i think the future is bright. Sign back pierce, bring back Avery if it is less than 9 mill, sign Thabo Sefolosha for a backup wing, and Bring in Arron Gray. The Next year extend rondo and bring back Bass

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