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Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:56 pm
Posted by Royce Young

When the trade winds start blowing, they pick up a whole lot of debris. Some of that wound up on the Boston Celtics' front doorstep as a report said the Celtics were "aggressively" shopping point guard Rajon Rondo.

You'll never believe this, but Doc Rivers and the Celtics say they've heard nothing of it. Via ESPN Boston:
Doc Rivers spent an hour and a half with Danny Ainge before Wednesday's win over Milwaukee, but the Boston Celtics coach says they never discussed trading point guard Rajon Rondo.

"... In all that time we did not talk once about any trades," Rivers said. "There was not one single thing about Rajon Rondo that crossed my desk."

Rivers said Thursday afternoon he is irked by reports the Celtics were aggressively shopping his mercurial point guard and frustrated that his relationship with Rondo is being cited as one of the reasons Boston is willing to part with him.

"My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been," he said. "Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I'm tired of this stuff. It's not fair."

Said Danny Ainge, talking to the Boston Herald, "“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” the Celtics president said when asked about Rondo’s immediate future.

Rondo has always been said to have a bit of a fragile personality, someone that can be affected by trade rumors and other things. So obviously with the Celtics trying to battle their way back into the Eastern playoff picture, this type of stuff doesn't come as good news.

They very well could be shopping Rondo around, but that doesn't mean the Celtics want to trade him. The original report said that the Celtics were essentially fed up with Rondo and the supposed "headaches" he brings. Most notably, the report said Rivers and Rondo have had extreme off-court clashes.

But unlike the other core Celtic members, Rondo still has a lot of time left in the league and at just 26, is certainly a player that can be part of Boston's long-term future. Whether the Celtics are shopping him around or not, Rondo is still wearing green as of now and while his name might pop up in rumors every few days, a deal's not done until it's done.

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:39 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

You can win when Rondo is the fourth best player on the team not when he is the first. He can't shoot and if you can't shoot after you've been playing competetive basketball for twelve years you aren't going to magically flip a switch and be able to. Time to implode the Celtics - I look forward to sucking for the next decade

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:25 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Neither could Steve Nash and he's 2x MVP.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:18 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Maybe if Doc wasn't following his kid around, he might have a better idea of what's going on in Boston.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:39 am

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Which of course means there's toooootally talk of dealing Rondo!  Some excitement, FINALLY!!   Let's see where Rondo ends up now that we know there is of course talk of dealing him! 

So true, you're right.  I find it hilarious how coaches respond to the media these days.... they panic as soon as they hear a rumor and immediately try to stop the rumors, when in reality all they are  doing is putting more fuel in the fire with every word they say.

Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:10 am

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

 hope you aren't as dumb looking as you sound!! For someone who can't do anything Lin had 19 points, 14 assist and 4 steals in his last game. He has been one of the most productive point guards in the league since he became a starter and he will only get better with experience. You need to open your eyes, you must be a Golden State or Rockets fan...

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:16 am

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

I will trade Rondo for DWill in a heartbeat, Are you kidding me? Also, Knicks management won't trade their cash cow for anyone on the Celtics roster. That would be insanity.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:01 am

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

Jeremy Lin can't dribble, can't pass, and can't play defense. Do you really want to deal Rondo for that? With Amare and Golfball Shooter (Melo's new nickname) it shows he clearly is not capable of running point for a team as a starter.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:44 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

When I say Rondo for Lin, I mean a package deal. In other words, Rondo for Lin + Chandler or Lin + one of the many Knicks shooting guards, etc. Rarely do you see a straight one for one swap, because players usually aren't equally comparable like that. To get a Deron Williams, the Celts would probably have to throw in another guy.

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:49 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

I understand Linsanity is overtaking the nation, but be real trading one of the best defensive point guards and a back to back all star for Jeremy Lin are you joking.  Lin doesn't play defense, granted he plays for D'antoni so maybe he doesn't have to.  Rivers is all about defense, Rondo is no Chris Paul, but I wouldn't even trade him for Williams.  Does he have an attitude problem, no question, but everyone is aware of it so they can't get value for him right now. If the celtics make any big time trade it will be Pierce or Allen and I believe it will be Allen.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:09 pm

Doc Rivers says there's no talk of dealing Rondo

The only scenario in which I can see the Celtics trading Rondo is if it involved another highly capable point guard. I'm looking at Deron Williams or Jeremy Lin. The trade rumor involving Rondo in the off-season was for Chris Paul, for example. The upcoming draft is said to be loaded with skilled big men and the Celtics have picks, so I can't see them giving away guards for anything other than guards.

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