Rumors have been flying around the NBA world of Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge wanting to trade all-star point guard Rajon Rondo. ESPN’s Chris Broussard was even quoted in saying, “Boston is aggressively shopping Rondo.” Broussard went on to state, “The Celtics find Rondo’s personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers continue. With the Celtics having realized they are no longer title contenders, they don’t believe the payoff is worth the headaches Rondo brings.” Broussard’s report was immediately shot down by Ainge saying that Rondo and Rivers’ relationship is better now than it has ever been before.
Earlier this season, in December, Rondo’s name was rumored to be in two separate trades. The first trade was a deal involving point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets, who eventually was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. The second trade rumor was learned about recently, where in the final month of 2011 the Celtics offered Rondo to the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Curry. Surprisingly, it was Golden State that was hesitant about pulling the trigger, and turned down Boston’s offer.
If the rumors haven’t been silenced enough, Rondo poured in an outrageous performance against new NBA phenom, Jeremy Lin, and the rest of the New York Knicks. Rondo proved that he is undoubtedly one of the NBA’s best point guards by piling up the stat sheet. Rondo registered an unfathomable 18 points, 17 rebounds, and 20 assists in a 115-111 overtime win. This triple-double was the fourth of the season for Rondo. The rest of the NBA has accumulated six total triple-doubles to date, thus giving Rondo 40 percent of the triple-doubles recorded by players this season.
Rondo knows that his name has been the subject of trade rumors. He is taking that on the court each and every night and doing what he wants on the floor, resulting in tremendous numbers. Boston will definitely, at least, look to improve its roster as the trade deadline approaches. However, don’t look for Rajon Rondo to be part of those trade talks. It looks more and more likely that he is here to stay in Boston, and be part of the rebuilding process.
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