Celtics GM Danny Ainge says Rajon Rondo trade rumors are false

Celtics GM: Rondo isn't going anywhere

11/21/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Nov 4, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Memphis defeated Boston 95-88. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY SportsThe Celtics were set up to tank this year and try to get as high a lottery pick as possible, and their 4-9 record would seem to indicate that they're doing ok at that so far, despite a lot of close games.

That's why some people might think they're interested in trading Rajon Rondo, their star point guard who has yet to play a game this season due to an ACL injury.

However, Celtics GM Danny Ainge categorically denied those rumors, saying that he hasn't talked to any teams about trading Rondo, and has no interest in doing so.

The only offer that has been bantered about publicly is one from the Knicks that would involve exchanging Rondo for Amare Stoudemire, Ray Felton and Iman Shumpert.

That would go against every single thing the Celtics are trying to do right now. It would make it harder for them to tank this year. It would tie them down to Stoudemire's albatross of a contract. It would decrease their financial flexibility.

Ainge might be willing to trade Rondo in the right deal, but that certainly wouldn't be the one. I don't think the Knicks have a viable package that could lure him away from the Celtics.

Personally, I think it might be best to sit Rondo for the entire season and then let him come back next year after they (hopefully) get an elite rookie like Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle or Jabari Parker. That would give them the best chance to snag one of those players, and also ensure that Rondo will be able to come back strong without risking re-injury.

What's your take? Should the Celtics try to trade Rondo? Should they sit him for this year? Or should they bring him back ASAP and let him lead the team this year?
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11/23/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Marcus Smart is going to be a real nice consolation prize for whoever ends up at #4 too.