Rondo on rumors: I go through this every year

Rondo on rumors: I go through this every year
February 18, 2014, 3:30 pm
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PHOENIX — Another trade deadline approaches, which means there's another round of Rajon Rondo's on-his-way-out-of-here rumors to sort through.

The latest comes from Toronto where the Raptors, eager to solidify themselves as a playoff contender both now and going forward with a bona fide All-Star, are apparently interested in having his services north of the border.

Rather than grow frustrated with the seemingly never-ending run of rumors, Rondo just shrugs them off these days.

"This is year eight for me," he said prior to Boston's practice on Tuesday. "And this is year eight for me being in trade rumors, especially around this time."

With the trade deadline Thursday at 3 p.m. (EST), there are sure to be even more tales of this team and that team speaking with the Celtics to gauge exactly how much will it take to secure the four-time All-Star.

Rondo's approach to the rumors is ideal, the kind you would expect from a veteran who has established himself in this league and would be a good fit for most teams.

But that's not to say all of his teammates are handling the speculation about their futures so casually.

While Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he has seen no signs of the rumors impacting any of his players, it does have the potential to wear on them mentally over an extended period of time.

"Certainly as you go through the year and certain things are reported, or they see their name come across the internet, I'm sure that weighs on them," Stevens said. "Have I seen it really impact one or two guys? I really haven't. They've been really professional all the way through it which I'm sure is hard to do."

Brandon Bass is another Celtics player whose name has become a regular on the trade rumor mill. But he refuses to let it get to him.

"It's about knowing the business of basketball," he said. "It's basically just take care of what you can take care of, and that's going out everyday and improving as a basketball player."

While that may be the goal, it is truly easier said than done.

"Come on man, we're human," Bass said. "Trade (talks) come up , it makes you think, 'OK, do they have me in their future plans?' And things of that nature. Even thinking that don't matter. It's really all about you just trying to improve as a basketball player. Let the business side, let those people take care of those things."

Rondo has repeatedly said that he wants to remain with the Boston Celtics, but has been around this league long enough to know that he may not have a choice in the matter.

"This is pretty much the same thing I go through every year," said Rondo, referring to the trade talk. "I think this is the most trade talk maybe, or seriousness that it's been for me. I still live my life everyday and do what I do. Whatever happens, I'll be able to adjust and adapt to it."