Ainge: 'No truth' to Rondo trade rumors

600300.jpg

Ainge: 'No truth' to Rondo trade rumors

Even if you've been living under a rock, you've heard the Rajon Rondo trade rumors.

"He doesn't get along with Doc Rivers," some say. "He has a bad attitude." Yadda, yadda, yadda . . .

But president Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers did their best to put an end to all that talk today (but let's be honest, it'll never die).

Ainge spoke to multiple media outlets on Rondo, and to sum things up, denounced all the rumors and said that not only was Rondo not being "actively" shopped, he's thought of as a big part of the Celtics going forward.

"No truth," Ainge said on WEEI when asked if any of the recent trade rumors held any water.

"First of all let me jut say this, these things get out of control at this time of year. I think you guys know we are not actively trying to trade Rondo. We talked about it this summer we said no we're not trying to actively trade Rondo. And that's still the case.

"He's our best player. He's the most important player to our future it makes no sense."

So, Ainge isn't saying anything new that he didn't say prior to the start of the season when the Celtics reportedly tried to trade him for Chris Paul. The key word he's using is "actively".

He's not making the calls. He'll certainly take them -- after all, why not? -- but the idea that Rondo is this locker room cancer that is eating away at the team morale must be off-base.

"We are not looking to trade him. I've made zero calls to try to trade him, and I won't," Ainge said.

So where are all the rumors coming from then?

"I think it's just the world we live in going back a few months it's reported that Rondo is actively trying to be traded, which wasn't true but yet there's still lingering out there that it is true."

But surely the Rajon Rondo - Pau Gasol rumor that we've been hearing about for weeks is something, right?

"So the Gasol thing comes out no truth in that, that's never been discussed. There's no truth in any of that," Ainge said.

"The perception is we are trying to because there has been two or three things reported," Ainge said.

"We know what goes on in the media world. ESPN has all the media shows nobody called me to check up and see if it was true or not, and I'm not sure they care."

Ah yes, the old "credibility" issue. Is there such thing anymore? It seems that every day there's a new source and a new story, many times of which amounts to nothing.

A common one these days is just how bad a person Rondo is to deal with. But Ainge is quick to say that Rondo has only gotten better, so why would that warrant a trade?

Ainge said that Rondo has made "incredible strides" this season in terms of attitude, adding, "We all know that Rondo and Rivers had bumps in the road, but Rondo is getting better at that stuff. He's had his best year on and off the court."

He also makes the point that with great players comes the "diva" mentality. Does Rondo have it? Sure. But don't act like he's the only one who happens to be stubborn.

"I don't think that's fair. I think that he's stubborn and he's intelligent," Ainge said. "So with that there's higher maintenance, but I don't know a quality player that I played with that wasn't higher maintenance than your other players."

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

MORE:

And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!