Feb 9, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) passes the ball as Dallas Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon (right) defends during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics owner ordered GM to overprice Rajon Rondo?


When rumors leaked suggesting the Boston Celtics wanted two unprotected first round picks (we assume lottery) for Rajon Rondo, a lot of eyebrows were raised.

It wasn’t that Rondo wasn’t a good player, but that’s a lot to give up.

Now we know why the price tag was apparently so high as according to Marc Stein, it was Celtics owner (and huge Rondo fan) Wyc Grousbeck who ordered general manager Danny Ainge to set an unrealistic price on Rondo.

One source close to the situation told ESPN.com this week that Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck — who has long preferred to keep Rondo in Boston even though he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in less than 18 months — is insisting that Ainge set a high trade price for the All-Star point guard.

If Grousbeck really doesn’t want to trade Rondo, it’s an understandable sentiment. But with only one year left on his contract, you’d have to think the Celtics would be at least willing to entertain the thought given the current state of the franchise.

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