Rondo reportedly has told Celtics he wants out

Rondo reportedly has told Celtics he wants out
August 31, 2014, 11:15 am
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BOSTON — With Kevin Love in Cleveland and off the trade rumor board, much of the trade speculation going forward will now center around Boston's Rajon Rondo.

Internet rumors and innuendo, that's one thing.

But when such talk comes from longtime Celtics beat writer and Hall of Famer Jackie MacMullan, well that's reason enough to take notice.

In a recent behind-the-scenes clip from ESPN's Around the Horn game show, MacMullan left no doubt that Rondo's days as a Celtic are numbered, going so far as to say that he wants to leave.

"It will happen because he's told them, he wants out," MacMullan says. "No one believes me, but that's the truth."

Considering the Celtics are in rebuilding mode and that Rondo is entering what should be his peak years as a player, the idea of not playing for an elite title-contender isn't appealing.

After all, that's why former Celtics coach Doc Rivers and the franchise negotiated a "trade" which sent Rivers to coach the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a first-round pick.

Any deal involving Rondo would have to fetch the C's a much heftier haul than that, which will be easier said than done.

Rondo suffered a torn right ACL injury in January of 2013 and returned to action a year later. However, he only played in 30 games with none being back-to-back. He is expected to be able to participate fully this season, which should bode well for his chances at helping the Celtics win games as well as improve his stock in the eyes of NBA teams that might be interested in making a deal for him.

However, teams are reluctant in part because he will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Teams will only seriously make a run at him if they get some assurances from Rondo that he will re-sign a long term deal next summer - a key part of the Kevin Love trade that sent him to Cleveland from Minnesota.

"I don't see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him," MacMullan added, "tell me where."

Here's more from MacMullan, including her thoughts on a possible reunion between Rivers and Rondo.