Ainge: I believe Rondo loves Boston

Ainge: I believe Rondo loves Boston
February 21, 2014, 1:15 am
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A lot of people thought the Celtics would be among the most active teams at the NBA trade deadline. Turns out they didn't make a move.


"Well, there were no good deals to have," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper.

Ainge said that while there were plenty of media reports about proposed deals. None of them were true.

And, again contrary to media speculation, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was not the most talked about Celtics player from other teams. 

"To his credit, he's a top 10 jersey sales guy in the NBA," Ainge said of Rondo. "He's a popular figure. When anyone mentions his name, it creates buzz. Rondo is one of those players, like Paul Pierce, every trade deadline, every year, ever summer there's rumors and whether it's true or not, he's going to be talked about."

Ainge said Rondo, eligible for free agency after next season, likes playing in Boston, likes playing for coach Brad Stevens and he expects the point guard to be a Celtic for a while.

"I believe he loves the city of Boston," Ainge said. "He believes in us, in turning this thing around. There's not a lot of stress right now because he knows he's not 100 percent. He's still getting healthy. I think by next year you'll see the real Rajon Rondo. I think right now, it's all good and we'll just go from there."