Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said last week he does not think All-Star pint guard Rajon Rondo will return to the team by the end of November, and the team really doesn’t know when he’ll be able to hit the court again.
Now, he’s having to answer ongoing trade rumors regarding the team trying to move their franchise point guard.
“I haven’t talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo,” Celts’ president of basketball operation Danny Ainge told the Herald [Monday] morning.
He has, however, fielded a number of calls wanting to now if the rumors are true.
“It’s frustrating,” Ainge said.
He went on to reiterate that Rondo, still rehabbing from ACL surgery, is a major part of the Celtics’ plans going forward.
While Boston doesn’t appear to be on the verge of dealing Rondo, ESPN NBA Reporter Chris Broussard reports that the Celtics are willing to make a deal with the New York Knicks for All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire:
While C’s not moving Rondo, they would take back Amare in deal n which they could unload longer deals of Gerald Wallace &/or Courtney Lee
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 18, 2013
And according to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, the Knicks have dangled Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Stoudemire as part of a deal that would land them Rondo:
The Knicks’ primary target is Rondo, Boston’s All-Star point guard who is recovering from knee surgery. The Knicks have been trying to tradeShumpert, Raymond Felton and Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the Celtics haven’t shown much interest.
Unless the Celtics are blown away with an offer, it’s hard to imagine GM Danny Ainge trading his best player, Rondo, to the rival Knicks.
This is all just meaningless trade banter at this point, and this deal has close to 0% chance of happening.