Rondo has been linked with an exit in free agency…
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is reportedly ‘more available now than ever before’ according to the latest reports in the Boston Herald.
With his contract set to expire after next season, speculation has been rife that the Celtics will assess their options over a possible trade deal that will help them in their roster rebuild.
The 28-year-old is seen by some as the ideal piece to build around, but reports continue to suggest that he may not remain in Boston for much longer.
According to the Boston Herald, Rondo ‘may be more available now than ever before’, although Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge dismissed that notion and insisted that no conversations have taken place and all the rest is hearsay.
“That’s all speculation,” Ainge said. “Those aren’t facts. People don’t know that, so it’s just people speculating on Rondo’s free agency next summer. That’s all that you’re hearing. You’re not hearing any facts from anybody. Those conversations haven’t even been discussed, so that’s just speculation.”
Ainge also moved to dismiss a report from ESPN which claimed that the New York Knicks turned down a trade deal that would have taken Rondo to Madison Square Garden.
While he continues to hint that the organisation see Rondo as a vital piece moving forward, the point guard may not share their patience as he awaits moves in both free agency and the draft to strengthen the roster and put them back in a position to compete.
As a result, Ainge must weigh up whether or not he will be able to get Rondo to re-sign with the team, or if he should be giving more consideration to what he can obtain in a trade deal.