Rajon Rondo, who was singing Christmas carols with his Celtics teammates at Boston Children’s Hospital on the evening he was traded to the Mavericks, expressed heartfelt gratitude for his time in the city in a series of tweets.

“My time in Boston has meant so much,” he wrote. “I’ve grown up with this city both as a basketball player and person. The love I have for the most loyal and supportive fans in the league is unmatched. My teammates have shown nothing but heart the last couple of seasons. They are some of the hardest working guys I have played with and I wish them the best. I’ve experienced my most successful and challenging years with the Celtics, fans and city.

“The opportunity to play with guys like Dirk [Nowitzki], Monta [Ellis], Tyson [Chandler] and the young talent of Chandler [Parsons] is exciting. I look forward to building something special in Dallas.”

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Rajon Rondo, probably: "Our paths will meet again, Jameer Nelson." (Getty Images)

The Celtics lost the Rajon Rondo trade, and they didn’t have any other choice.



It all happened very quickly, but Rajon Rondo is now a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

It all happened very quickly, but Rajon Rondo is now a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Trade rumors crept up on Wednesday, and now Marc Stein on ESPN.com is reporting that Rondo has been shipped to Dallas for a package that leaves many questioning if Boston got enough.

The deal, which is reportedly agreed to in principle, would allow the Celtics to receive Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two draft picks from the Mavericks. The picks are not yet confirmed, but it has been reported by ESPN that they will likely be Dallas’ 2015 first-round and second-round picks.

Rondo is averaging 8.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 10.8 assists in 22 games this season with the Celtics.

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Julian Edlow

Following the Celtics‘ victory over the Magic on Wednesday night, Rajon Rondo spoke about the trade rumors surrounding him. Essentially, Rondo maintained the stance that he does not want to be traded, but that the rumors will continue to be part of life in the NBA.

Before Thursday’s practice, Celtics coach Brad Stevens addresed the trade rumors.

“Obviously, we experienced it all the way through last year,” Stevens said. “From my standpoint, the most challenging thing of it is, number one is just coaching the group and making sure that everybody knows we’re focused on playing Minnesota [on Friday]. We’re focused on doing what we need to do to get everybody playing at the best level that they can.

“I think that a lot of these guys that are older have probably dealt with the talk throughout their years in the league, but I don’t know that it’s ever not unsettling. [My] door is open if anybody wants to talk about it and those type of things. I don’t talk a ton to Danny [Ainge] and his staff, they only say if there’s really something that I need to know. It’s one of those things you just try to do your job the best you can through all circumstances.”

So does Stevens expect to be a part of any trade discussions?

“My job is pretty well defined,” Stevens said. “And that is to coach, and to get our team ready to play and to play as well as we can. My expectations aren’t very big. I just want to be in the loop as [Ainge and his staff] deem appropriate. They’re good at their jobs and I’m hired to coach.”

Stevens went on to speak very highly of Rondo when asked how he thought his point guard was playing this season, but that’s to be expected whether Rondo remains the captain of the Celtics, or if the final rebuilding move is to ship him out.

We already know it isn’t Stevens’ call as to the future of Rondo, but the coach seems very set on sticking to what is asked of him and keeping faith in Ainge’s ability to build winning teams. Many of the trade rumors that have circulated so far don’t seem to accomplish that for the Celtics, so expect the rumors to drag on.

Blog Author: 
Julian Edlow

Trading Rajon Rondo isn't an easy decision, but it's time for Danny Ainge to make a choice. (Getty Images)



The news is trickling out in waves now, and the latest on the possibility of the Celtics trading Rajon Rondo comes from CBSSports.com columnist Ken Berger, who reports the C’s captain is willing to re-sign with the two teams rumored to be in hottest pursuit of his services — the Mavericks and Rockets.

While Rondo expressed publicly his desire to remain in Boston following Wednesday’s game, he’s apparently reached a point privately we had not heard in years past. The writing, as they say, appears to be on the wall.

In his weekly interview with CBS Sports Radio, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge conceded there have been trade discussions with multiple teams, as there always are at this time of year — while not specifically citing the rumored Dallas and Houston interest — and didn’t exactly give his point guard a ringing endorsement when asked if the team would be all that different without Rondo.

“I don’t know,” said Ainge, stumbling for phraseology. “That’s a good question. Rajon has been a big part of our team, not just this year, but for the past years, as you know, but Rondo — because we don’t really see what Marcus Smart has been able to do yet, because he hasn’t been healthy; he’s got such a shortage of minutes and opportunities to play with the ankle sprain, so it’s a good question. I don’t think any of us know the answer to that.”

The wheels are turning, and Rondo getting out when they stop seems more likely than ever before.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Rajon Rondo knows the deal by now.

Every year around this time, the trade rumors start swirling around the Celtics point guard, and this season is no different.

Rajon Rondo knows the deal by now.

Every year around this time, the trade rumors start swirling around the Celtics point guard, and this season is no different.

“It’s a way of life since I’ve been here,” he said after Wednesday’s win over the Magic. “It’s just part of it.”

Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, as he so often does, peppered Twitter with a few freshly ground spices as Rondo wrapped up another near triple-double effort: The Mavericks “are serious suitors” for Rondo’s services.

In his postgame press conference, Rondo said he had not spoken to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge about the latest round of rumors, and then proceeded to walk out of TD Garden just as Ainge, Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren and co-owner Stephen Pagliuca were exiting the building. It might’ve been awkward had it not been a way of life.

While the Celtics seem willing to part with Rondo for the right price, Rondo reiterated publicly his desire to stay in Boston.

“How many times do you want me to say it?” he asked. “We discussed it on media day. My thoughts and my opinions as far as the organization hasn’t changed, so … I’m enjoying life. You can’t win ‘em all, but these guys are funny, I’m young and I’m doing what I love to do. It’s a dream come true. I can’t be upset about anything, really.

“I just want to be a better person each year, be a better teammate each year, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job so far, just trying to lead these young guys. I’m not that old, but they make me feel like it.”

If something seems different about the rumors this time around, Rondo is remaining as poker-faced as ever.

“It is what it is now, and everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I believe in certain timing and things happening for a reason, so I’m 28 and I’m pretty much the veteran guy on this team and that’s part of it.”

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach