Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is one of Rajon Rondo’s biggest fans. He told us back in December that he wasn’t trading Rondo and we learned in January that he refused to include Rajon in the KG deal in 2007.
Now there’s word Wyc ordered Danny Ainge to set the unrealistically high trade price on his coveted point guard:
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, you’ll recall, reported earlier this season that trading for Rondo, realistic or not, is the Knicks’ in-season fantasy. And sources say they have indeed tried to nudge the Celtics into full-fledged Rondo trade talks — since New York is said to be a city that Rondo, in the summer of 2015, would be comfortable choosing in free agency — but are also properly pessimistic about their chances.
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.
You have to admire the persistence of the pathetic Knicks. They’re not getting Rondo not matter how many times they ask.
If this type of persistence paid off, I would have scored a lot more with the ladies in the 90s.
Speaking of the Knicks, Woj is reporting that NY and the Clippers are working on a deal involving Iman Shumpert for Darren Collison.