Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is making it impossible for Rajon Rondo to be traded

Rajon RondoThe Boston Celtics have been fielding offers for Rajon Rondo pretty much all season, but interest really began to pick up over the All-Star break. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Sacramento Kings approached the Celtics with a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rondo. That deal was supposedly squashed because Rondo wanted no part of re-signing with the Kings.

Meanwhile, the Knicks have also expressed interest in Rondo. And according to the New York Post, Rondo has interest in playing for the Knicks. So much so, there is a growing belief that Rondo will attempt to sign with the Knicks when he becomes a free agent in 2015.

Despite all of the interest for Rondo, most believe that Rondo won’t be dealt before the trade deadline because of what Celtics want in return. According to Marc Stein, the Celtics are asking for multiple first round picks and promising young players as compensation for Rondo. Mainly because Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck doesn’t really want to part ways with Rondo. So he has instructed Ainge to set a “high trade price” for the point guard.

One source close to the situation told ESPN.com this week that Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck — who has long preferred to keep Rondo in Boston even though he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in less than 18 months — is insisting that Ainge set a high trade price for the All-Star point guard.

The thinking goes something like this: If the Celts could score first-round picks in the respective transactions that sent coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers and packaged Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, you can imagine what sort of haul Ainge’s bosses believe Rondo could bring.

Rondo is coming off of an injury and is completely 100% just yet. The Celtics may be betting that they can get more for him once he shows that he’s fully back. The risk here is that they don’t get a better deal and Rondo walks away in 2015.

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Comments

  1. Please do not trade rondo, with the C’s rebuilding trading rondo will get us nowhere. I have been a rondo fan for a long time and trading Rondo will be the worst decision we have ever made. It s bad enough we traded Jordan Crawford but now Rondo. Please Danny Ainge do not do this. This is a very bad decision. If you want to even make the playoffs next year keep rondo and get a couple of Draft pics and get some good results

  2. Joseph Blake says:

    The Lakers could give Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Chris Kamen, Robert Sacre and Steve Blake for Rondo. Opps, I forgot….STUPID Mitch Kupchek already traded Steve Blake for Marshon Brooks(??????). How about someone trading Mitch Kupchek and Jim Buss. They both stink up the Staples Center. Injuries and those two idiots are the reasons for my beloved Lakers being in the dumps.

    Joe Laker of Syracuse, NY

  3. Thank you lord for Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck for making the trade a no gainer. I understand that trading our stars Paul and KG to get another young roster but we are in a deep hole and we need to get out of it. We all hope for a change and I believe we can. #GOceltics

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