The Boston Celtics don’t envision trading Rajon Rondo despite the team’s recent success without the star point guard, according to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Ainge appeared on Boston Sports radio station WBZ-FM this week and commented on the backcourt pairing of Rondo and Avery Bradley. Ainge said both Bradley and Rondo can play together in same backcourt due to Bradley’s ability to play the shooting guard position.
“I know that we haven’t had them together much this year and I think that Rajon loves playing with Avery Bradley for a lot of different reasons. I think that combination last year proved to be spectacular, they just didn’t get a chance to get together much this year, so it’s a little bit unfair.”
Ainge dismissed the idea of trading Rondo, saying, “I love those guys, where Rondo is right in the prime of his career, and Avery’s not even there yet, he’s continuing to get better. I think they are a great guard combination and to ever consider doing something like that, it would have to be something significant.”
The Celtics have been nothing short of fantastic since losing Rondo to a torn ACL in late January. After suffering the injury on January 25, the Celtics have won 16 of 23 games, leading to a belief that the team could win without Rondo. Despite their recent success, Boston seems to acknowledge Rondo’s value.
Although his game suffers from a number of deficiencies, Rondo is an All-Star point guard capable of leading Boston’s high number of talented offensive weapons. A decent scorer himself, Rondo has a ways to go before he can make a true run at being the league’s best point guard. However, his incredible skill set and age makes him invaluable to an aging Boston outfit not far off a possible rebuild.
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