Rajon Rondo embracing leadership role with Celtics

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NEW YORK — While Rajon Rondo was rather blasé about the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to TD Garden Sunday night, he left the weekend with a couple of lasting messages about his future in Boston.

The fact the Celtics attempted to re-sign the four-time All-Star point guard was an indication that the organization sees him in its rebuilding plan. And during dinner Saturday with Garnett and Pierce, Rondo received more encouragement regarding his longevity in Boston.

The veterans both said following the Nets’ 85-79 win over the Celtics that Rondo has the guile and maturity to lead the Celtics into a new era. They relayed the same message to Rondo at dinner.

“I think he’s ready now,” Pierce said Sunday.

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