Reports suggest that star guard Rondo is available.
According to sources of ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Boston Celtics have not taken star point guard Rajon Rondo off the table ahead of the trade deadline.
While a move would seem unlikely given Rondo’s current injury status after he suffered a season-ending ACL tear, Broussard says that the Celtics are willing to trade for the right deal.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge ruled out any moves ahead of the trade deadline on Thursday, and appeared to be against breaking up the current Celtics roster.
However, there are conflicting reports suggesting that other general managers across the NBA are insisting that Rondo is available and could possibly leave the TD Bank Garden given that the Celtics find the right package.
Having lost Ray Allen to the Miami Heat in the off-season, the hope was that Rondo could lead the veteran duo of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the play-offs, and then produce a typically impressive post-season run.
With Rondo now watching from the sidelines, the Celtics have continued to win games without him, which undoubtedly has given fire to the rumours with just 24 hours to go before the deadline.
Whether there is any truth in the claims from their rival general managers, it is highly unlikely that Rondo will be ousted whilst on the treatment table, even if the Celtics are indeed open to discussions.