Danny Ainge wants you to believe that the Celtics aren’t trying to trade Rajon Rondo

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Danny AingeIf you believe the multiple reports, the Celtics have been trying to trade Rajon Rondo for quite some time. And though both Danny Ainge and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers deny that they were ever trying to trade Rajon Rondo, anyone paying attention knows that they were indeed shopping Rondo.

Since then, a lot has changed. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are gone. Doc Rivers is gone. And now the Celtics have went from a fringe title contender to a possible lottery team in about a week’s time. So the next logical question is Rondo next to go?

Despite reports that the Celtics were in talks with the Mavericks on a possible trade for Rondo, Ainge continues to maintain that he’s not trying to trade Rondo. To that I say, yeah right.

“Maybe the assumption is that we’ll give away any of our players,” Ainge said on Monday, listing not just Rondo but Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger and first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk as players who have attracted interest. “There’s been calls for all those guys. And maybe the assumption is we are just changing everybody, but we’re not.

“We’re starting to get younger.”

“The calls are coming in,” Ainge said, “the calls have not been going out.”

Ainge said he was in no rush to hire a coach, and he repeated — definitively — that he would not take the job himself. But asked for a similar pronouncement to put the end to Rondo trade talks, Ainge said, “I always listen to calls and listen to what ideas are, but we have no intentions of moving Rajon.”

Pay attention to that last line folks. Ainge has no “intentions” to trade Rondo, probably because he hasn’t found a deal he liked. But I’m willing to bet that if the Mavs would’ve agreed to part ways with Dirk Nowitzki, Ainge’s “intentions” would’ve changed instantly.


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