Feb 24, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball in front of Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke (3) during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Rajon Rondo rumors: Rondo 'hopeful' Boston Celtics can put talent around him

On Sunday, a report surfaced that Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo wants the Celtics to trade him (the report actually emerged last week but was brought to the forefront Sunday). The report has since been denied.

According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England, Rondo is hopeful the Celtics can put enough talent around him to get back into the postseason.

Multiple league sources have repeatedly said that Rondo wants to start the season in Boston and see where things go from there. A similar sentiment has trickled out of Celtics camp, as well.

Rondo is hopeful that the team Danny Ainge is assembling around him is better than most anticipate, that they can be this season’s feel-good story not only in the East but throughout the NBA.

When you look back at teams that have that level of unexpected success, there’s always a player or two who emerges from the shadows to take center stage.

In 30 games last season, Rondo 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 eight-year career, he has averaged 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. Rondo was selected by the Celtics with the 21st-overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and has never played for another team.

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