Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge both deny they are shopping Rajon Rondo

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Earlier today we brought you a report that the Boston Celtics were aggressively shopping Rajan Rondon because of a personality conflict with Doc Rivers. It didn’t make sense to us, but things happen all the time that don’t make sense.  Fast forward a couple of hours and both Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers have come out separately denying that they want to move Rondo.

Ainge spoke with the Boston Herald and claimed that he hasn’t shopped Rondo since the Chris Paul sweepstakes and Rivers spoke with ESPN Boston and spoke of his “strong” relationship with Rondo.


Ainge is up first.

“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” the Celtics [team stats] president said when asked about Rondo’s immediate future.

“These rumors have never stopped, but I haven’t made a call mentioning Rondo’s name since last summer,” said Ainge. “That was during all of the Chris Paul stuff.

“Now, this time of year you’re going to get a lot of calls from other teams,” he said. “But that’s just normal. I don’t anticipate anything happening.”

And now Rivers.

“My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been,” he said. “Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I’m tired of this stuff. It’s not fair.”

Their statements seem to indicate that they both want Rondo as a Celtic at least through the end of this season, but you can never discount the fact that this could just be a unified front of damage control. Whatever this is, one thing is certain. If these rumors continue to pop up surrounding Rondo, they may be forced to move him.

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