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Rajon Rondo’s bromance with Lincoln neighbor comes to a bitter end 08.18.15 at 3:49 pm ET
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I kind of feel bad for Rajon Rondo‘s neighbor in Lincoln, Mass., insofar as you can feel bad for multimillionaires.

Here is this dude, “a thirtysomething Boston businessman” we eventually came to know as “the best neighbor in the world,” who was probably wasting away the summer jamming out to some Jason Mraz tracks and catching up on “Lost” when who but the point guard for the Boston Celtics moves into the $1.82 million home next door on Sept. 2, 2008.

As far as neighbors go, a reigning NBA champion trumps every other potential Lincolnite — accused plagiarist Mike Barnicle, mathematical biologist Martin Nowak and Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach just to name a few — especially when it comes to small talk across the hedges. Nobody wants to hear about the time you developed the method of crossed molecular beams, directed and well-defined fluxes of molecules. Everybody loves Kevin Garnett stories.

And thus began a bromance over a shared love of cornhole, which is a sentence that should not be repeated in the presence of children. We’ll let Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins explain in the best profile of Rondo ever written.

Rondo spends most of his free time playing cornhole, a game typically reserved for frat boys at Big Ten tailgate parties. He owns two wooden boards, emblazoned with Kentucky and Louisville logos, which he spaces 27 feet apart in his front yard, according to the official rules. He installed a fire pit so he can play through the winter with his neighbor, a thirtysomething Boston businessman who has become equally consumed with tossing beanbags into circular holes. Rondo is thinking of entering national cornhole tournaments. “I’m ranked Number 1,” he says. He is kidding, but you have to ask to make sure. He does nothing for amusement.

Indeed, Rondo once offered 2 a.m. Twitter proof of a particularly dominant midsummer night cornholing session.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 17. Hello, Nate Robinson at 12:15 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 17 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Feb. 18, 2010: Hello, Nate Robinson.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 18. Hello, Kelly Olynyk 08.14.15 at 11:50 am ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 18 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

June 27, 2013: Hello, Kelly Olynyk.

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Get your 2015-16 Boston Celtics schedule here 08.12.15 at 9:05 pm ET
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The Celtics released their full schedule for the 2015-16 NBA season. Enjoy.

Wed., Oct. 28: Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30: Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 1: San Antonio, 3:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 4: at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 6: Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 10: at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11: Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 13: Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 15: at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 16: at Houston, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 18: Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 20: Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 22: at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 24: at Atlanta, 8 p.m., TNT
Wed., Nov. 25: Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 27: Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 29: at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 30: at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 19. Hello and goodbye, Courtney Lee at 12:01 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 19 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

July 20, 2012: Hello, Courtney Lee.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 20. Hello, Keyon Dooling 07.31.15 at 2:45 pm ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 20 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Feb. 24, 2011: Goodbye, Marquis Daniels.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Sacramento’€™s 2017 second-round pick (top-55 protected): Because the Kings are the Kings, this pick will likely never come to fruition, as is the case with most heavily protected second-rounders. This is not the prize.
  • $2.47 million trade exception: Because the C’s were a salary cap-strapped team, this was the real reward.

DEPARTING to Sacramento

Dec. 9, 2011: Hello, Keyon Dooling.

ARRIVING in Boston

  • Keyon Dooling: The veteran guard spent just one season in Boston and sat nearly a third of the 2011-12 campaign with knee and hip ailments, but the former players’ union vice president won over C’s fans, if only for his unwavering support of Rajon Rondo and 50 percent 3-point shooting in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

DEPARTING to Milwaukee

  • Albert Miralles: A throw-in to Ainge’s second Antoine Walker trade in 2005, Miralles never left the Euroleague and was approaching his 30th birthday by December 2011, so he was long past a lost cause.
  • $2.47 million TPE: With few, if any, trade-able contracts and only the taxpayer’s mid-level exception and veteran minimum contracts to offer in hopes of adding depth for one more kick at the title can, the Celtics used the traded player exception acquired in the Daniels deal to absorb Dooling’s $2.25 million contract.

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Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades: 21. Goodbye, Walter McCarty 07.30.15 at 10:03 am ET
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Over the next month, we’ll chronicle the 25 most consequential trades of Danny Ainge’s tenure as Celtics president of basketball operations. When we’re done, we’ll have a better understanding of Ainge’s philosophy and success rate on the trade market. Perhaps by the end of this exercise we’ll even feel better about the future of this rebuild. At the very least, we’ll have something interesting to debate while we wait for training camp to open.

With that out of the way, here’s No. 21 on the list of Danny Ainge’s 25 most consequential trades.

Feb. 8, 2005: Goodbye, Walter McCarty. ARRIVING in Boston

  • Golden State’€™s 2007 second-round pick (Aaron Gray): Phoenix owned this future selection and its own second-rounder. At the time of the trade, the Suns owned a 38-11 record and the Warriors a 13-35 record, so this seemed like a safer bet to be the higher pick. Sure enough, Golden State was slotted 49th in 2007 and Phoenix 59th. By that time, though, Ainge had already swapped this pick in exchange for Denver’s 2006 second-rounder (also 49th) in order to draft a player the Celtics identified as a value pick: Leon Powe.

DEPARTING to Phoenix

  • Walter McCarty: Inarguably the most popular non-star on the late 1990’s/early 2000’s Celtics, McCarty was coming off his two best seasons — averaging 6.9 points (54.1 true shooting percentage), 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.2 minutes off the bench for a pair of playoff teams — and Tommy Heinsohn’s “I love Waltah” fan club was in full effect. He had also just celebrated his 31st birthday and had one NBA season left in his legs.

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