Understandably, Rajon Rondo didn’t enjoy seeing his name thrown around in trade rumors. Now the shoe is on the other foot as the Boston Celtics aren’t happy with Rajon Rondo skipping the team trip to Sacramento.
Rondo was given clearance to miss the game as the Celtics are still cautiously allowing him downtime as he returns from his injury, but he was not given clearance to miss the entire trip – something he reportedly did.
He didn’t seem to think it was a big deal, but general manager Danny Ainge felt differently.
“I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” he told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.”
So why did Rondo stay behind in Los Angeles, where the Celtics had played the Lakers a few nights earlier? His 28th birthday party.
Some have suggested that Rondo (aware he wouldn’t have to play) simply made some assumptions that he didn’t need to travel with the team. Regardless, the Celtics front office wasn’t thrilled with that decision and a more understood policy will likely be put in moving forward.