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Rajon Rondo reportedly told Celtics he wants to be traded

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo has been mentioned in trade rumors for the past few years, and it looks like that is for good reason: he wants out of Boston.

ESPN Boston reporter Jackie MacMullan, who is a regular panelist on ESPN talk show “Around the Horn,” said in a behind-the-scenes conversation recorded by the show last week that Rondo has told the Celtics he wants out.

The problem, as MacMullan says, is that the Celtics would not be able to get good value for him in return. She mentions the Kings as a possible trade partner, but says Rondo told Sacramento he would never re-sign with them. They also mention the Knicks, but New York doesn’t have much to offer.

Rondo is set to earn $12.9 million next season and will be a free agent after that. In an interview with The Boston Globe back in July, Rondo indicated he was looking forward to exploring free agency.

“It just depends,” Rondo said about his free agency plans. “I don’t know if I’m going to do 10 teams. I may do a lot. I don’t know. It’s kind of like college all over again, with recruiting, only times 50 because they have a ton of money to throw at the guys and they don’t have any restrictions on what they can do. No [NCAA] rules.

It might just make sense for the Celtics to trade him rather than lose him in free agency.

Report: Rajon Rondo makes it hard for Celtics to attract free agents

Rajon-Rondo-CelticsRajon Rondo will never be known as the easiest player to coach. Doc Rivers alluded to that on several occasions during his tenure with the Boston Celtics.

But how is Rondo as a teammate?

While the Celtics point guard certainly does a great job of sharing the ball and getting everyone involved, he’s not exactly the most affable character. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman even says the presence of Rondo makes the Celtics less attractive to some free agents.

[Related: Rajon Rondo skipped team trip without permission?]

Goodman had an interesting back-and-forth with Jeff Clark of SB Nation’s Celtics Blog on Thursday morning. Clark questioned Goodman’s belief that the Celtics should trade Rondo. That led to this exchange:

Goodman later said that he would not drop any names, as the conversations he had with players who don’t want to play with Rondo were off the record. We know Rondo and Ray Allen struggled to get along in their last season together in Boston, with Rondo later referring to Allen as “that guy.

Kevin Love met Rondo during his trip to Boston last month, and as far as we know Love would still be willing to accept a trade to the Celtics and sign a long-term deal. Perhaps Love is the exception rather than the rule.

[Also see - Ex-teammate says Rondo is a diva, but in a good way]

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Kevin Love hangs with Rajon Rondo; David Ortiz tries to recruit him to Boston

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If nothing else, Kevin Love is seriously toying with the emotions of Boston Celtics fans. After galavanting around town and hitting up some popular spots in Beantown on Friday night, Love went to the Red Sox game on Sunday. Guess who else was at Fenway Park? Rajon Rondo.

Love and Rondo were spotted greeting each other inside the ballpark. As if that wasn’t enough to make Celtics fans giddy, David Ortiz later got in on the fun by tweeting at Love.

Plenty of teams are going to be interested in Love. Boston is one of them, but that hardly means Love is going to be playing for Brad Stevens next year. Neither does his trip to Fenway and the surrounding area.

Photo via @BigDub74
H/T Boston Globe

Rajon Rondo may be more available in trade than ever before

Rajon RondoThe rumors that Rajon Rondo is available in a trade or that the Boston Celtics are looking to deal him have been floating around for years, yet the point guard has remained a Celtic his entire career. Might that finally change? It sounds like a possibility if you believe the Boston Herald.

The Herald’s Steve Bulpett wrote on Friday that “we’ve been hearing for a while and in more concerted tones here is that Rajon Rondo may be more available now than ever before.”

Celtics GM Danny Ainge acknowledged the team went through a rebuilding year as Rondo was coming off knee surgery and Brad Stevens worked through his first season as head coach. Ainge says it’s still a process to convince Rondo to want to remain in Boston, but he believes the love between the two parties is mutual. He also dismissed speculation that the point guard is available.

“That’s all speculation,” Ainge said via The Herald. “Those aren’t facts. People don’t know that, so it’s just people speculating on Rondo’s free agency next summer. That’s all that you’re hearing. You’re not hearing any facts from anybody. Those conversations haven’t even been discussed, so that’s just speculation.”

I know these rumors are out there, but it sure seems that Ainge likes Rondo a lot and is extremely reluctant to move him. He even mentioned that he thinks Rondo is in for a big year. Teams will come looking to acquire him, but I think Rondo is a cornerstone for the franchise and they will do what they can to keep him.

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

Rajon Rondo wears shoes honoring Boston Marathon bombing victims

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Rajon Rondo did not play in the Boston Celtics’ season finale against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, but the star point guard still managed to make a loud statement with his footwear. A day after the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Rondo wore sneakers that paid tribute to the victims.

The shoes, which Rondo said he was donating to the One Fund after the game, featured the initials of victims written across the sides and top. They also had the date of the attack — April 15, 2013 — and “Boston Strong” etched across the tongue in the form of a runner’s number.

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Hat’s off to Rondo. Awesome tribute.

Photos: Twitter/Abby Chin, Facebook/Rondo

Rajon Rondo had a hilarious flop against Jeff Teague (GIF)

Rajon-Rondo-flopThe Boston Celtics have not done a whole lot right lately. Losers of nine straight games and 14 of their last 15, the Celtics are already crossing their fingers that the ping-pong balls will drop their way in a few months. Heck, they can’t even flop correctly.

During Wednesday night’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Rajon Rondo had a pathetic attempt at drawing a charge call late in the fourth quarter. The Celtics were scrambling to get back on defense following a turnover when Rondo stepped in front of Jeff Teague at the top of the key. The only thing I could think of while watching the play was “TIMBERRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!.”

Rondo slowly fell backward despite the fact that Teague didn’t touch him. Fortunately, no foul was called. Rondo could be hearing from the league for that one.

GIF via The Score

Rajon Rondo was told by Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens not to stay in LA for party

Rajon-Rondo-CelticsRajon Rondo has repeatedly downplayed the significance of his decision to remain in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago while his team traveled to Sacramento to play the Kings. The Boston Celtics point guard, who is recovering from an ACL injury, was scheduled for rest anyway and was not going to play. However, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge claims Rondo was asked to travel with the team.

On Wednesday, Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich Morning Show” that both he and Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Rondo they did not want him to stay in LA for his birthday party.

Ainge had a chance to defend Rondo when the incident first occurred, and he chose not to. Instead, he said that the matter would be handled “internally.” A source reportedly told the Boston Herald at the time that Rondo had family coming to town to celebrate his birthday and felt obligated to them.

Ainge also told Toucher and Rich that Rondo was told there would be consequences if he chose not to travel with the team, though Ainge says those consequences were simply a sit-down meeting.

Some — Rondo included — may not think it’s a big deal. Others feel that it shows blatant defiance by Rondo and indicates he feels he has his own set of rules that don’t apply to the rest of the team. Given what we know about him, it’s not surprising that he feels that way.