Rondo's agent addresses trade talk

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Rondo's agent addresses trade talk

WALTHAM NBA agent Bill Duffy was at the Boston Celtics' practice facility on Friday, but it had nothing to do with one of his top clients, Rajon Rondo, who has been the subject of trade rumors.

Still, Duffy told CSNNE.com that he and Danny Ainge, the C's president of basketball operations, have had conversations regarding the trade rumors.

"Rajon is here, he wants to be here and from what I can gather, they want him here," said Duffy, who was in town to see his son, Treaven, play basketball at a nearby prep school. "It's kind of just getting re-engaged before the season starts. I think everything will work out."

While trade talks can be somewhat disruptive to the individual player and the team as a whole, Duffy doesn't anticipate that being an issue with Rondo moving forward.

Both Ainge and Celtics head coach Doc Rivers talked about how such rumors -- the most common one involving a trade which centered around Rondo and New Orleans guard Chris Paul -- come with the territory of being one of the NBA's better players.

"There's a reason when whatever this thing leaked out, it was all over the news," Rivers said. "It's because the players they were talking about, are both really good. Rondo has established that with his play. He is a great basketball player and he does so many things for our team."

Duffy doesn't like the rumors, but, "it is better to be in this position than, 'you might get cut because you're not good enough.' So it's probably a good problem to have in that respect."

However, a clear understanding of the situation has to be established.

But with the NBA not allowing players and front official officials to speak directly just yet, Ainge has not been able to talk directly to Rondo about the matter.

He told reporters on Thursday that he is not shopping Rondo and that it is not his intent to move Rondo - or any of the Big 4 - this season.

"The biggest thing players want is clarity," Duffy said. "Like, 'if you're going to trade me, tell me.' Players don't like to feel they're being manipulated or behind-the-scenes not really knowing what's going on. That comes down to respect, more than anything else."

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.