Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been the subject of countless NBA trade rumors with free agency now underway, but the real story concerning the elite point guard is his health, not his trade status.
There were premature rumors that the Celtics wanted to ship Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in return for star forward Dirk Nowitzki, but Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has claimed time and again Rondo is not on the block (per Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald):
Ainge repeated his draft-night insistence that Rajon Rondo is not on the trade market, regardless of a hot weekend rumor that had the Celtics in talks with Dallas about the point guard.
“You can’t believe everything you read, especially on Twitter, though most of you guys do,” he said. “The calls are coming in, but none have been going out. We’ve had calls on Jeff (Green), on Courtney (Lee), on Brandon (Bass), on Rondo, on Jared (Sullinger) and our draft pick, Kelly. Maybe the assumption is that we’re changing everybody, but we’re not.”
It should not come as a surprise Rondo is not on the market. Well, supposedly not on the market. More concerning is the fact Ainge says Rondo may not be ready to go by training camp:
“That’s our objective,” he said. “I’m sure in training camp there will be some maintenance. I know it’s a goal of his and ours, but there’s no guarantee in any of that. Things are going really well, and that’s still a good goal to have.”
There’s no way the Celtics will rush Rondo back from injury, especially with the team heading into a serious rebuilding phase. That, and they would not rush him if they were trying to trade him.
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