Leading up to the trade deadline, there was a late push with some rumors that suggested the Boston Celtics would be making injured point guard Rajon Rondo available for trade. Per Sam Amick of USA Today:
[A]ccording to Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, Ainge said on Wednesday that Rondo will not be traded.
“He was emphatic that they would not trade Rajon Rondo,” Duffy told USA TODAY Sports. “He said, ‘We love him, and he’s our guy moving forward.’ Everybody is trade-able, and there’s always a bunch of dialogue with every player in the league who doesn’t have a no-trade clause, or LeBron James and a few other guys. In this particular case, Danny Ainge was emphatic that ‘we are not trading Rajon Rondo.’”
Ainge also said on Tuesday that the Celtics aren’t in the market for a major deal.
Of course, you can never put too much stock into what general managers are saying this time of year, but the Celtics do seem adamant that Rondo will not be available. If the right deal would present itself, the Celtics may be forced to seriously consider a deal. Ken Berger of CBS Sports gives us an idea of what it might take to force the Celtics hand in a trade.
I’m told the “right deal” for Rondo would be: Dwight Howard, Chris Paul or a massive haul of assets like Denver got for Melo. Not happening.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2013
Like Berger says, a deal of that magnitude is very unlikely with just over 24 hours until the deadline passes.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com leading up to the trade rumor as we keep you updated on the latest moves and news.