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Pierce knew Rondo would not be traded

Celtics [1] GM Danny Ainge told Paul Pierce [2] that Rajon Rondo [3] would not be traded, Pierce told Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com. “Danny [Ainge] told me and told Kevin [Garnett [4]],” Pierce said. “We knew he wasn’t going to be traded.”

Rondo had been mentioned in several trade rumors before the NBA Draft. Speculation of the Celtics moving the point guard were further fueled by talks of Rondo’s attitude. Ainge revealed [5] on WEEI that the Celtics had fined Rondo for tardiness during the season and did not consider him a max contract player right now. He later reaffirmed the Celtics [6] interest in Rondo, telling WEEI, “I think we value Rondo more than anybody else in the league values him and we know everything about him ‘€” all the good and the bad that comes with a 23-year-old kid who’€™s been put in a pressure kicker.”