Appearing on WEEI's The Big Show on Thursday, Celtics team president Danny Ainge vehemently shot down a report that the Celtics were "aggressively" trying to trade Rajon Rondo, saying there was, "no truth" to the report.
"Rondo is our best player. He's our most important piece of our future," Ainge said. "There's no way that we are actively trying to trade Rondo. That makes no sense. There's a difference between some great stuff that we can't refuse because somebody's desperately trying to acquire Rondo. That somebody calls me and says, 'Hey we want Rondo and we're going give you X.' But that's not happening. We're not looking to trade him. I've made zero calls to try to trade him and I won't."
Ainge also disputed the notion that Rondo's attitude has been a problem and that he's clashed recently with coach Doc Rivers.
"The stuff about Rajon and Doc, that's old news to everybody in Boston," Ainge said. "We all know that they've had bumps in the road, but Rondo is getting better at that stuff. He's had his best year on the court and off the court and so it makes no sense at this stage for that stuff to even be discussed."
Asked if he thought it was fair to call Rondo "stubborn" and "high maintenance," Ainge responded, "No, I don't think that fair. I think he's stubborn and he's intelligent is a fair assessment of him. With that, there's higher maintenance, but I don't know a quality player that I've played with that wasn't higher maintenance than your average player."
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