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Source: Wyc is the one setting the high trade price on Rondo

Chuck - Red's Army February 19, 2014 Celtics News, Rajon Rondo, Rumors 9 Comments

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.

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  • LA Flake

    Darren Collison??? LOLOL
    Love the smell of NYK desperation in the morning.

    • Dustin Chapman

      Funny post but Collison a pretty solid ballplayer. I think he would be better for the Knicks right now than what Felton is doing. Knicks have to do something.

      • LA Flake

        I got you. But Darren Collison isn’t the answer to their problem. They need to get rid of Melo and start over. Because Melo WILL fetch them a lottery pick even though he’s not worth it, IMO.

        • bill_nair

          I prefer the Knicks keep Melo and stew in mediocrity for another decade plus. That’s the knicks i find fun to watch.

  • Bayern

    Thank god for Wyc.

  • bill_nair

    I think over the past couple years (mainly last season and this one) my hate for the Knicks have surpassed the Lakers. I know i know, its THE LAKERS, but I recommend anyone talk to a NYK fan for half a minute and see how poisoned the whole fan base is.

    Also: We got 3 firsts for 2 aging HOF. Not to say they werent worth i,t (in my eyes, PP and KG are worth the world) but we should be able to atleast get similar value for Rondo. He at least has a couple more years left in his tank.

    • LA Flake

      At least they are passionate about their teams. Think about the fan base in Miami. Remember the whole “We love Ray!” chant? SOOOOOOOO pathetic.

      • bill_nair

        And leaving the stadium before the end of game 4 or 5 was it? Not to mention I remember watching the 2009 heat-celtics series where practically no one showed up to games 4 & 5.

  • Rich Jensen

    I doubt that Ainge disagrees with Grousbeck and has been willing to dump Rondo for pocket lint. In the Rockets deal, I could see Ainge insisting on two picks, Parsons, Beverley and Lin–and ‘better of-’ picks for any year in which Houston has multiple first round picks.

    I could *eventually* come to terms with a deal like that, but I don’t think Morey’s dumb enough to do it.