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Fri, 12/09/2011 - 9:26pm  

Rondo: 'I'm excited to be here'

Rajon Rondo held court with the media Friday night after the Celtics held their first training camp practice and answered every question thrown his way. He said he had been in communication with team president Danny Ainge while his name was bandied about in trade rumors involving Hornets guard Chris Paul and felt "comfortable" with the process.

"I've had a great summer," he said. "One of the best summers of my life. You know, Nothing happened. Trade talk, there was rumors a lot of things happened but I've been here every day. I've talked to Danny two or three times. You guys may have heard different rumors and they might have been true, he might have been shopping me, but I felt comfortable."

Rondo said that Ainge and coach Doc Rivers were honest with him about the possibility that he could be traded and even acknowledged that it could still happen. "I talked to both of those guys about a week ago and they were straight up with me," he said. "I don't think they were trying to intentionally ship me but obviously you've got to entertain the calls. I'm still here and I'm still here so far."

Asked specifically about the Paul trade to the Lakers that was later rejected by the NBA, Rondo said, "Oh, I don't know. The thing that happened with him was unfortunate but other than that I'm playing basketball wherever. I'm excited to be here. I'm familiar with this organization and I just want to get better and win a championship."

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