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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 [1] to land a big name this summer via free agency or trade, the discussion has naturally turned to trading Rajon Rondo [2].

In a conversation with The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes from his annual basketball camp in Louisville [3], Kentucky, Rondo offered fairly typical Rondo responses [4] — brief, dry and interpretive.

“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 [1] 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 [1] president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will struggle to receive fair compensation for his All-Star point guard [5] 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 [1] 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 [6] 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 [7]. Unless, of course, Kevin Love [8] 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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[1] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[2] trading Rajon Rondo: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2014/06/27/smart-move-trade-rajon-rondo-go-young

[3] Louisville: http://media.weei.com/ncaa/louisville-cardinals.htm

[4] 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

[5] 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

[6] Chris Paul: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-paul-new-orleans.htm

[7] 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

[8] Kevin Love: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm

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