All of the talk regarding the Boston Celtics trading Rajon Rondo at the trade deadline might finally be able to be put to bed as it appears that Danny Ainge is no longer listening to offers for his All-Star point guard. (CBSSports.com)
The Celtics, who according to one rival team had, in fact, been soliciting offers for Rajon Rondo in recent weeks, have disengaged on that front, sources said. One executive compared the Celtics' posture with Rondo to the Pistons' with Rodney Stuckey, whom Detroit no longer is actively shopping.
Can we finally take this rumor, embalm it, have a beautiful, somber ceremony for it that includes numerous guest speakers and an organist, dig a hole and bury it? Ainge heard the offers that he was getting from other general managers, probably hated all of them because they didn't include Chris Paul and laughed at them over the phone before hanging up on them like they were telemarketers. I wasn't in the room during these phone conversations so I can neither confirm nor deny that this is exactly how things went down, but that's not the point. The point is that the Celtics wanted a superstar for Rondo and no team in the league was willing to give that up.
That doesn't mean that Ainge won't listen to offers again in the offseason while the Celtics try to rebuild/reload because he most certainly will. But Rondo will be a Celtic for at least the rest of the season.
One rumor down. Only four trillion more to debunk before March 15.