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Trade rumor: Celtics take Rajon Rondo off market

Despite ESPN.com senior writer Chris Broussard‘s insistence that Celtics [1] president Danny Ainge has made injured point guard Rajon Rondo [2] available on the trade market, Rondo’s agent Bill Duffy told USA Today’s Sam Amick that Ainge “assured him” on Wednesday that the four-time All-Star will not be dealt.

Meanwhile, CBSSports.com columnist Ken Berger reports Rondo would only be dealt for Dwight Howard [3], Chris Paul [4] “or a massive haul of assets” similar to what the Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony. As you might remember, Melo, Chauncey Billups [5] and three low-level NBA talents returned Wilson Chandler [6], Raymond Felton [7], Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a first-round draft pick, two second-round picks and $3 million in cash from the Knicks in 2011.

Those scenarios are a pipe dream for Ainge, considering Rondo’s season-ending ACL surgery that leaves him rehabbing for training camp next season.