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Report: Celtics not serious on Rondo trade

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I really feel for Rondo. I can't imagine how he feels about rumors, year after year it's like walking on egg shells. He's been rumored since the summer of 2009. In 2009 he was rumored to be traded with Ray for Prince and Hamilton. I think the rumors come from a lot of parties. I would have to say Rondo was untouchable in 2011, he was coming off of his amazing run in 2010, and he was arguably the best point guard right then and there. After the Celtics were ousted by the Heat in 2011. The rumors flared up once again when Chris Paul was put on the market. 

I do believe Danny flirted with idea to trade Rondo for Paul. Rumors start because someone from the franchise puts it out there in some fashion. Other rumors start from bored writers assuming a team wants to trade a player because they're either "tanking" or they can't keep that said player because their in a small market. Sometimes you just want to throw your hands up. At this point in time. Rondo is a Celtic. He has two years remaining on his contract, and when that deal is up he'll be 29. This could very well be Rondo's last big contract. Danny has two years to basically either build around Rondo, and to show Rondo that he's committed to him, or Danny will have to examine what's best for both parties, while Rondo will examine what's best for his chances at a title as well. These are things that I hate thinking about.

I can't see the future, and I won't pretend to. Sometimes I get the feeling that Danny is closer to Rondo then he was with Paul Pierce. Danny drafted Rondo, and he wanted  him badly, and that's why he traded for him in the 2006 draft. He saw something in Rondo, and Rondo returned the favor by becoming one of the greatest draft night steals of all time. Danny has been a big part of Rondo's growth, and through the years, Danny has backed Rondo on a lot of his issues that have been made public with controversy behind it in some way. I want to believe in my heart that Danny wants to commit to Rondo, and that he truly wants to give Rondo a chance.


Remember all those Rajon Rondo trade rumors that popped up pretty much everywhere you looked after the season?

According to Sporting News' Sean Deveney, it was much ado about nothing. A league source told Sporting News that Boston was never serious about trading Rondo, using the word "overblown" to describe the talks between the Celtics and the Pistons.

But while the C's may not be looking to trade Rondo, there are some players on the team they certainly would trade. Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace, both traded to the Celtics in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, are players that Deveney says the C's will shop. Humphries won't be too hard to trade, as he's in the final year of his deal. But Wallace still has three years, $30 million remaining on his contract. Brandon Bass is another player Boston would trade in the right deal.

The Celtics traded former 2012 first round pick Fab Melo to the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday for Donte Greene in what could amount to be a salary dump. Greene's contract is non-guaranteed for the 2013-14 season.

 What I find funny? I often see fans wearing a Rondo shirt, or Rondo jersey, but they want the Celtics to trade him so the Celtics can tank. Enough about that. Why would Danny consider trading a star like Rondo? Well, people who want him traded don't respect his gift, and they don't admire his growth. He's gotten better every year, and I know in his first 40 odd games last season it didn't seem like he did. But I can't hold last season against him. It felt like a painting that was stopped by the artist, and stored away in the attic. Maybe Rondo will just start from scratch on the next painting. Some people live day by day, and some people look long term. I think the NBA has become a year by year kind of thing. I just can't wait for Rondo to break out the brush, and to get to work on the next masterpiece.

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Reply paul
5:33 AM on August 17, 2013 
I think that last year was a mixed result for Rondo. I've thought that maybe his big task last year, from a personal and career development point of view, was to come to terms with being the guy with the spotlight. Folks forget, I think, that parallel with what happens on the floor, there is what happens in a person's life, and surely few things impact a person's life the way being a superstar does. Rondo is on the verge of superstardom. To me, that's what last year was really about. I think that's part of the reason that it was an up and down year for Rondo, a tuned in tuned out year. To me, Rondo is in a place like Bruce Springsteen was in before he put out the Born In The USA album. He had to make a choice between remaining a kind of alternative star, and stepping out onto the main stage of society, becoming a superstar. It can't have been an easy decision, and I'm sure he'll never know if it was the right decision, but in a way, it was a decision he had made long ago. I suspect it's like that with Rondo. He's been headed to the main stage of society all his life. But now, assuming he recovers, he faces that same question I think: to take the main stage or not to take the main stage.

It seems to me that Rondo's Haters fall into two categories. There are the ones who seem to be blind to how great his potential seems to be, who are angry with him for not staying within a confined 'role', and there are those who want him to do it all, but don't seem to show any awareness of what they are really asking for. Let's say that Rondo comes back strong, raises his defensive play, gets in sync with the rest of the team more, AND shoots better and becomes a real scorer, and performs better as a go-to guy in crunch time: if Rondo does all that, and does it with the brilliant creativity that has become his trademark, we would be talking about not only one of the best players in NBA history, but also a cultural phenomenon. As things stand already, it seems to me that any honest fan making a list of the twenty most amazing plays they ever saw would have to include five plays by Rondo on the list, if not ten. More than any player I've ever seen, he does things one never saw before, and on top of them, does them with a kind of artfulness that rises to the level of sheer beauty. His haters call it "flash", but man, sometimes form follows function, and then rises beyond it. Flying into the heart of the defense, collapsing the defenders, and then tossing a no-look, over the shoulder, on the numbers pass to Ray for the three? Where else are you going to see a play as amazing, as effective and as BEAUTIFUL as that? Nowhere.

So if Rondo steps it up the way both his fans and haters want him to, it's going to be one big step. A big, big step. But like you, Shawn, I cannot wait to see the next Rondo masterpiece. This guy reminded me of why I love sports, and why I love basketball. He could be someone who reminds the world to put aside war, put aside hate, put aside trying to screw your fellow human being for the extra buck, and appreciate the amazing potential each human being has. Sport, at its best, can do all that, and there never was a better time for it.
Reply Greg
11:54 AM on August 17, 2013 
I think Danny has built a special realttionship with Rondo as well,despite all the trade rumors. Danny was like Rondo in ways personality wise.

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