Rondo: 'I don't want to leave. I'm a Celtic.'

Rondo: 'I don't want to leave. I'm a Celtic.'
June 2, 2014, 8:15 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — You may not have seen Rajon Rondo at a Red Sox game or mingling with Harvard students like Kevin Love who may very well be the most popular weekend tourist around these parts like, ever.

But make no mistake about it.

Rajon Rondo has been around town, and if he has his way that won't change after he hits the free agent market in the summer of 2015.

Both sides appear ready for him to play this season out and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

But on Monday, Rondo reiterated his stance on wanting to be with the Celtics long-term.

"I don't like change, really," Rondo said at the team's practice facility shortly after the team held workouts with college players leading up to this month's NBA draft. "I'm pretty comfortable. I have a beautiful home here, I love it. I don't want to leave. I'm a Celtic."

And this summer more than any other since he has been a member of the Celtics, Rondo has driven that point home emphatically.

One of the main reasons he has spent the bulk of this offseason in Boston is for his children to finish out the school year.

In addition, it has afforded him an opportunity to continue building off his in-season rehabilitation work with team trainer Ed Lacerte and Bryan Doo, the Celtics' strength and conditioning coach.

Rondo's rehab consists of various exercises during the mornings, with him returning to get up shots at night.

And when Rondo has left town, he says he has only left for weekend trips here and there with his rehabilitation work at the practice facility happening at least four days a week.

It is the kind of commitment that the four time all-star guard knows has to be made in order for him to regain a spot among the upper echelon point guards in the NBA, something that is in doubt following his torn right ACL injury in January of 2013.

And even more important, it bodes well for Boston's chances of reversing the woeful ways of last season's team which finished just 25-57.

"At the end of the day, I want to win," Rondo said. "I want to win now. And I'm sure Danny (Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations) will have the guys in here where we'll be able to compete for a title. I don't just want to make the playoffs, get to the first or second round. When I compete or when I make it to the playoffs, I expect to win every time."