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."

Report: Celtics could land George if they sign Hayward

Report: Celtics could land George if they sign Hayward

As rumors swirl in this post-draft, pre-free agency week for the NBA, Adam Kaufman of 98.5 The Sports Hub reported Friday that the Celtics could land long-rumored target Gordon Hayward AND trade for Paul George. And Kaufman says George would be more than just a one-year rental.

Kaufman elaborated on a possible George deal on his "Celtics @ 7" show Saturday. He said the trade with the Indiana Pacers wouldn't cost Boston next year's Brooklyn pick, rather it would be the first-round pick (Lakers 2018 or Kings 2010) acquired this week from the Philadelphia 76ers when Boston traded down the No. 1 for No. 3, along with Jae Crowder and another salary filler. 

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Before you run out and buy that No. 13 Celtics Paul George jersey, Dan Feldman of NBCSports.com explains how financially disadvantageous it would be for George - long thought to want to head to the Lakers - to do this. 


 

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Did Suns ask Josh Jackson to cancel his Celtics workout to keep him from Boston?

Danny Ainge made no secret of being miffed when Kansas small forward Josh Jackson canceled his workout with the Celtics in Sacramento at the last minute. 

The Celtics, of course, passed on Jackson and selected Jayson Tatum of Duke with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Suns GM Ryan McDonough's comments at Jackson's introductory press conference lend some credence to the theory that the canceled workout was part of Phoenix's plan to keep the Celtics from selecting Jackson and leave him for the Suns at No. 4.

Check out this portion of Jackson's presser via a tweet from Mike McClune of KPHO-TV: 

"I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am. Look, it is a competition," said McDonough, a former assistant GM to Ainge with the C's "The Celtics were ahead of us at No. 3 and they could have selected whoever they wanted to. I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn’t mean B.J. [Armstrong, Jackson's agent] and I and...other members of my staff couldn’t talk and try to formulate the best plan to get a player we were really high on to a place we felt he really wanted to go and would be a great fit for him.

"We played by the rules – I guess,” McDonough said to some laughter in the room.

Jackson will certainly get more playing time with the rebuilding Suns that the contending Celtics. Ainge called Jackson "a terrific kid and a good player” after the draft, and said the Celtics were set on Tatum all along, even if they hadn't traded the No. 1 pick.

Jackson said his decision to blow off Ainge coach Brad Stevens and assistant GM Mike Zarren after their cross-country flight was "last-minute" and his plans to work out "just didn't work out."