A couple days ago rumor spread that Boston Celtics captain Rajon Rondo told management he would not re-sign with the club after his contract expires.
Deadspin reported this after ESPN reporter Jackie MacMullan said on Around the Horn the following: ““It will happen because he’s told them he wants out, and no one believes me but that’s the truth,” MacMullan said. “And I don’t see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him. Tell me where.”
While it is one thing when a national reporter speculates about the desires of a player, MacMullan has been inside all Boston sports for longer than everyone but the ageless Bob Ryan. When she says something like this, everyone must pay attention.
Is it shocking that Rajon Rondo would want out of the Celtics current situation? Heck no. The club doesn’t have a chance of contending until they acquire another star player around the point guard, which may be impossible considering their lack of trade assets on the current roster. Sure they have draft picks, but that could only take you so far in today’s NBA-trade landscape.
We have discussed Rondo-centered trades on Chowder & Champions since the middle of last NBA season. Danny Ainge has said over and over that Rondo isn’t on the table, but it may just be more likely he hasn’t seen a trade offer that even tickles his fancy. There are a few fits for Rondo, but as we get closer to the trade deadline in 2015, Ainge may be forced to play a hand that will net him his ammunition for a run at different star in a few years.
I will admit, with the way Rondo carried himself last season and how his relationship with coach Brad Stevens it is a bit shocking to hear this attitude even before the start of the upcoming season. The Celtics aren’t the worst team in the league, and do have some intriguing talent that fits Rondo’s game. Either way, it’s tough to argue with what the captain has given to this club since he was drafted, but I will hold out on hope that he decides to sign an extension because I doubt Ainge will get a haul worth the value of Rajon Rondo.