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Rajon Rondo rides shotgun at fork in Celtics road
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On July 8, 2014 @ 10:16 am In General | No Comments
Given the drafting of point guard Marcus Smart and the failure thus far of the Celtics  to land a big name this summer via free agency or trade, the discussion has naturally turned to trading Rajon Rondo .
“I don’t think nothing of it,” Rondo said, shrugging his shoulders, according to the Globe. “I am who I am. …
“I don’t have too many feelings involved in this business. I’ve played my heart out for the game, but business is business. I can be here today, gone tomorrow. You never know. For me to get bent out of shape, or to feel threatened by the Celtics  drafting a point guard, it means nothing.”
So, he’s good, then?
Meanwhile, the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett spoke to three NBA general managers who believe — despite a number of potential suitors for Rondo’s services — Celtics  president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will struggle to receive fair compensation for his All-Star point guard  this summer, suggesting the C’s could wait until the season starts before making a deal in hopes Rondo’s play increases his trade value.
Conversely, as the trade deadline approaches, opposing GMs will be circling like sharks knowing the Celtics face the possibility of Rondo departing in free agency next summer, leaving Ainge with nothing but cap space in return. In that regard, Rondo’s value may peak before the calendar turns to 2015 (i.e., Chris Paul  in December 2011).
Ideally, as Rondo’s high school coach Doug Bibby explained to the Globe, “It won’t affect [Rondo]. If anything, it just woke up a beast.” Then, as Sports Illustrated Chris Mannix suggested, the Celtics could land a legitimate starter and draft picks in return . Unless, of course, Kevin Love  walks through that door and the C’s keep Rondo.
Ainge remains at a fork in the road. Whether Rondo is still riding shotgun this winter remains up for debate.
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 Image: http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Rondohands.jpg
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 trading Rajon Rondo: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2014/06/27/smart-move-trade-rajon-rondo-go-young
 Louisville: http://media.weei.com/ncaa/louisville-cardinals.htm
 Rondo offered fairly typical Rondo responses: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/07/07/rajon-rondo-appears-comfortable-with-celtics-drafting-point-guard/o0Mo0DTG3HkwbN7Bsby1TP/story.html
 Danny Ainge will struggle to receive fair compensation for his All-Star point guard: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2014/07/danny_ainge_plays_cool_customer
 Chris Paul: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-paul-new-orleans.htm
 the Celtics could land a legitimate starter and draft picks in return: http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/mannix-cs-inclined-wait-see-if-rondos-value-boosts
 Kevin Love: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm
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