Since the Celtics are playing their season finale tonight at the TD Garden, I thought now might be the time to ask:
Are these Rajon Rondo’s final days in a Celtics uniform?
Maybe it’s just me, but I found yesterday’s comments by Danny Ainge interesting. I’m not sure whether Ainge said these during Monday’s television broadcast or whether he said them specifically to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, but, to me, they represent the closest the Celtics have come to saying that Rondo is, well, available.
“Listen, I tell everybody the same, whether it’s KG [ Kevin Garnett], Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, whatever, I really love and respect all the guys but I can’t ever promise anybody that [a trade] won’t happen. That’s not my job. My job is not assure them [they’re staying] but to do what I think is best for the Celtics. I don’t have an intention or plan [to trade Rondo] but I can never make that sort of promise.
“I don’t know who’s going to be in a Celtics uniform. We have a lot of work to do this summer. I think Rondo is our best player.”
Remember, Rondo’s contract is up at the end of next season. The Celtics had made some attempt to engage him on talks of an extension already. If Rondo has any intention of remaining with the club beyond the spring of 2015, the Celtics may have to convince him that an organizational rebuild is already well on its way, meaning they may have to package a combination of players and draft picks to bring Rondo an impact playmate.
If Rondo doesn’t have that, why would he want to stay?
As owner Wyc Grousbeck suggested, “fireworks” could be on the horizon this summer.