Once the offseason began, the Boston Celtics hoped to make a big move and make sure their stay in the lottery ended after just one year. However, the Celtics have been unable to swing any major deals and have continued to collect assets as a trade facilitator instead, meaning it will likely be another long year in Boston.
Despite the rumors Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes the Celtics plan to bring the team currently have into training camp.
On the Celtics side, there is also a sense that bringing the existing group to camp is the plan. They are obviously hearing from a number of teams on the Rajon Rondo front, but there was not a sense that Boston was ready to do anything with Rondo and that their first choice would be to keep him long-term. But given how the Collective Barging Agreement works on extensions, Rondo is financially motivated to hit free agency in July. The Celtics need to work through the risks of letting that happen versus trading Rondo at some point before the trade deadline.
Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his knee injury. He averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 40.3% from the field, 28.9% from beyond the arc and 62.7% from the free throw line. In his career, he’s put up 11.1 points, 8.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 47.5% from the floor, 25.2% from three and 62.1% from the free throw line.
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