Doc: Celts are becoming Rondo's team

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Doc: Celts are becoming Rondo's team

It truly is the Big Four now . . . and, in fact, Doc Rivers thinks the Celtics are becoming Rajon Rondo's team.
"I thought of all the guys who grew this year, this past year, I thought Rondo grew the most," coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday on the 'Dan Patrick Show'. "Not only as a player, but as a teammate and as a leader. And I think . . . that's part of the reason Kevin Garnett's coming back. I really believe that. It's almost like the LeBronWade thing, but in a different way where older guys have to give it to a younger guy.
"And I think they did that this year. I thought Kevin was very comfortable with that. And I thought Rondo took it and did it the right way. I thought he grew, in the playoffs, as much as any player I've seen grow in a long time."
Next up for Rondo: Improving his jump shot.
"If he gets that down," Rivers joked, "I'm going to be a much better coach."

Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Celtics fans aren’t the only ones thinking of ways Kyrie Irving could end up in Boston.

Even though it would be hard to imagine last season’s No. 2 seed in the East trading one of the best players in the league to last season’s No. 1 seed in the East, ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote Monday that the Celtics have indeed called the Cavs about the 25-year-old point guard. 

Wrote Lowe:

Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks -- Brooklyn's pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It's unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East's two best teams seems unlikely.

While nobody’s counting on Irving joining the Celtics, a trade of Irving elsewhere could still swing the balance in the East in Boston’s favor depending on what Cleveland gets back. Irving reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland earlier this month.