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Your Morning dump… Where Ainge lays into the guy who spread the Rondo rumor

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) February 21, 2014 Celtics News, Rumors, The Morning Dump 18 Comments

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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.

The Celtics president of basketball operations seemingly was less upset with his inability to improve his club’s rebuilding position and more disappointed with how Rajon Rondo’s name got thrown around in rumors when there never was anything approaching a substantive discussion for the All-Star point guard. There were some token offers.

“There’s always some of that, but that’s just people checking,” Ainge said. “I don’t have a problem with somebody calling me even if I don’t think it’s a reasonable offer. That happens all the time, and I’m sure I’ve done that, too. I don’t have any issues with that.

“But what I do have issues with is people that call with really no intention to make a deal and just an intention of being able to say they called. Then the next thing you know, as soon as they hang up the phone, there’s rumors that they’re trying to get Rondo. So it becomes a story that’s talked about for seven days, when in fact they never really did want Rondo and we definitely had no interest in getting rid of Rondo.

“We love Rondo, and we had no intention of doing that deal. But someone can call and feel good about themselves and make some bogus offer and then have a rumor out there that they’re trying to get him.”

Herald:  Danny Ainge just never saw a pitch to hit

So who is Danny pissed at?  Sacramento Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro? Rockets GM Daryl Morey?  Someone else?

Regardless of who it is, Ainge seems pissed at someone for leaking information about something that was never serious.

Of course, this could just be a smoke screen so Ainge can make a player feel better about being caught up in rumors again.  But if we take it at face value, Ainge seems legitimately upset at someone for just trying to look good to his fans and his boss.

“Oh yeah, guys, I totally tried to get Rondo.  Did you see the Woj tweets?  He said it, so it’s gotta be true.  But Danny wanted, like, half the roster and he wouldn’t budge so I had to get tough with him and say ‘no way dude, I’m not gutting my team.’  Yup… I totally tried to get Rondo.”

If I didn’t see people like this in every job I’ve had, it might be hard to believe, but there are plenty of people out there who  would rather just look good than do a good job.  If one of those people just happens to be running an NBA team, then that’s something GM’s will have to deal with.

It’s not like Danny doesn’t know how to use a leak to play the public negotiating game. But we also know he can keep a secret.  He probably wishes everyone else could too.

Page 2:  Ainge states the obvious: “We need great players”

“First of all we need great players,” Ainge said. “Either our young players develop into great players or we have to acquire them. We’ve seen flashes from our young players. We need them to do that more consistently. We need to go out and draft those players or find those players.”

CSNNE: Ainge on C’s future: “We need great players”

Ainge says the C’s were very active, but they didn’t get anything they loved, so they walked away.  That’s how you do it.  In fact, that’s the exact concept we started with on last night’s Trade Deadline Special Edition of Celtics Stuff Live.

I don’t think any of the C’s aside from Rondo will ever fall into the “great” category, but you never know.  I like Jared Sullinger’s development, and he can certainly lead the team on some nights. But every night?  He’ll have to take a few steps for that to happen.  We’ll see where Kelly Olynyk falls in all of this too, but the bottom line is that next great player will likely have to get drafted or acquired somehow.  Once you have that in the mix, a lot of other things fall into place.

As I said last night, once you have a great player out there that requires a double team, that’s when guys like Sullinger and Olynyk can really prove their worth by becoming guys that will make you pay for leaving them to double team.  If you can build a roster where the question “who do you leave to send a double team?” can be asked out of fear, you’ve built yourself one hell of a team.

The Celtics didn’t lose anything at the deadline.  Their assets lost no value whatsoever, so there’s no reason to be upset about them waiting for a “wow” type deal.

Next up:  Draft night.  Once Ainge knows where he’ll be drafting, then you’ll start to see some more movement.

The rest of the links: 

ESPN Boston:  Patient C’s not pressured by deadline  |  Stevens tries to keep his players at ease  |  Rapid reaction: No moves for C’s  |  Herald:  Celtics roster same as deadline passes  |  Stevens admires players’ focus  |  Globe:  Celtics quiet as deadline passes  |  Celtics don’t pull off any deals at deadline, and that’s ok  |  CSNNE:  Gorman: GM ‘paralysis’ at trade deadline  |  Ainge: I believe Rondo loves Boston |  Spears: Rondo had no interest in playing Sacramento  |  Maxwell:  C’s will keep Rondo long-term  |  Not the first time Ainge has stood pat at deadline  |  Stevens expected quiet deadline

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  • LA Flake

    Damage control!
    Damage control!
    Ha ha
    Love Danny but I don’t buy it. Clearly someone tempted him with a package for Rondo but didn’t go all the way which upset him. My gut says Sacramento. Those guys in Houston are Danny’s buddies. He wouldn’t trash them like that.

    • Step

      I really don’t think there were any “real” offers for Rondo..like Woj and other people stated yesterday. Plus it doesn’t make sense to trade him right now..it’s not like the C’s are hurting their standings (they still find ways to lose) right now and Ainge doesn’t have to make a deal just to make one. Plus the “blockbuster” deals are hardly done during the season and mostly in the summer anyways.

    • Bruce Wayne

      Sacramento traded for Rudy Gay, signed Carl Landry, had a plethora of guards, etc. Do you honestly believe that they didn’t offer Ben, IT2, and the draft picks? Danny got the offer he was looking for but Rondo doesn’t want to play there. For good reason. Sacramento has a terrible culture even with the Magoofs gone.

      • jrleftfoot

        How do you know the offer he was looking for?

        • Bruce Wayne

          Same way my LA Flake knows that “someone tempted him with a package for Rondo but didn’t go all the way which upset him. ” Based of what “sources” said the Kings offered draft picks, two young players, and a veteran contract to make the salaries match. It was a hypothetical deal that came across his table, and I’m sure if he approached Rondo with his thoughts, Rondo balked at the idea of playing in Sac.

          • LA Flake

            I’m not “your” flake, bro. God**mmit I’M NOBODY’S FLAKE!

          • Ryan

            Which is why these quotes don’t fall under the “damage control” category. Damage control would be done to make Rondo feel better, but if there was a trade in place and they approached Rondo and he said no, than Rondo would clearly be aware that they were trying to trade him….so why would Rondo then believe Danny’s quotes a day later? I believe Danny when it comes to wanting to keep Rondo. When you’re a star player close to free agency and/or on a bad team, it’s inevitable that rumors will be flying, as many teams would be interested, just like many teams are interested in Kevin Love. Always need to keep in mind that the sports media in Boston is just as big as any other market, and thus you’re going to get media members dying for any rumor to write about. They want to spark interest and grab people’s attention….that becomes difficult without a rumor to latch onto. Some GM threw their media friend a bone….the 2 1st round picks could have some truth to them, but there are so many variables involved, but those are always left out in order to keep the rumor going and make it sound possible. Danny knows what Rondo can do with talent around him and I believe Rondo is just as good in the PLAYOFFS, if not better, than those players listed above(George, LMA, Love).

  • bojan

    “but there are plenty of people out there who would rather just look good than do a good job” soo true

    and about the rumors: some people need to relax, not every rumor is becomming a real trade. look at this deadline nothing happend besides the philly fire sale

    • Step

      Philly is taking their tanking to another dimension.

      • LA Flake

        They must be stopped. THEY MUST BE STOPPED!

        (I hope Silver is as good as Stern was at rigging the lottery and punish the Sixers for being so damn blatant with their tanking)

        • Step

          If Philly doesn’t get a top 3 pick then they were robbed..lol. You put too much into their tanking to get anything higher..lol

        • RedsLoveChild

          We were ahead of Philly in the race-to-the-bottom as recently as Feb. 1

          But, that POS {Jeff Green} decided to wake up from his coma, and lead the Celts to 3 meaningless wins by scoring 30+ points in those wins.

  • RedsLoveChild

    So, to recap….

    1} Ainge believes that GM`s get to keep their jobs, and “feel good about themselves” IF they make “bogus offers” for players they “don`t want”, which gives rise to false “rumors”. Huh?!? Wow…and I always thought the W-L record compiled over time was the #1 factor in a GM`s job security!

    2} John believes Rondo is the only current Celtic who will ever fall into the “great” category. RR is in his 8th season. If it hasn`t happened yet, when will it?

    If you already do see RR as great, what adjectives are left for you to describe guys like KD, LBJ, D-Rose? You know, guys who actually have a major and seismic impact their team`s W-L record.

    • LA Flake

      Grrrrrreat?

      • RedsLoveChild

        If you`re asking if I believe Rondo is a great player….I don`t.

    • Ron Flanders

      Rondo is an elite player. You look at a guy like Tyson Chandler…doesn’t get the same publicity as KD, LBJ or D-Rose, isn’t the “Alpha Dog” scorer, but he was the CENTRAL piece of a championship team. Rondo is a player like that. As for your argument that W-L is what gets guys job security…that is clearly not the case. Danny is 100% correct when he says that GMs in places like NY would love to put it out there that they’re going after stars. I have no doubt that someone in Dolan or Carmelo’s camp threw that out there…but that no serious discussion ever occured.

  • zippittyay

    Sullinger, Bradley, Green, Bass and maybe CJ are the only guys on this team I feel like keeping on the way to building a championship contender. I know many are going to think I am nuts, but that is my opinion. Of those 5, I only see 2 as starting material on such a team meaning we have to get 3 high quality star players we don’t yet have to get where I think we need to be.

    • LA Flake

      I had to pause and *think* for a second before I realized who this “CJ” guy was on the team.

      Man…I’ve never been this unfamiliar with this team.