Rajon Rondo entering his prime, with Celtics or maybe some other team

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PHOENIX — It’s just another trade deadline approaching for Rajon Rondo, another set of trade rumors and assessments of his future in Boston. He’s become accustomed to that banter.

This year, Rondo is coming off major knee surgery and is a month into his return. He has just one more full season on his Celtics contract and is just days from his 28th birthday.

Rondo is in his eighth season, approaching his prime and looking for one final big score, that one contract that can define his career and give him post-career financial security.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team is not shopping Rondo, but that didn’t stop teams from discussing the point guard at All-Star Weekend more than any other player.

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