Source: Rondo trade to Kings 'not happening'

Source: Rondo trade to Kings 'not happening'
December 17, 2013, 2:30 pm
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BOSTON — Another day, another Rajon Rondo trade rumor that like all the rest this season, doesn't appear to be going anywhere.

This one comes from NBC Sports analyst Donny Marshall who said on Tuesday that according to "people" he is talking to, Rondo is "likely" going to be traded to the Sacramento Kings.

"You know how it gets this time of year," a league source told "People come up with this stuff, you guys write about it, tweet about it, whatever . . . It's sad. There's nothing happening on that front."

Multiple league sources have been telling for months that no team is going to make a "legitimate" offer for Rajon Rondo until he returns to game action.

The four-time All-Star was recently given clearance to resume full contact in practice. While no timetable has been determined for his return to the court, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he could be back at some point in January.

While the Celtics have insisted that they have no intentions of trading Rondo, there's no question that Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, is open to listening to any and all potential proposals.

"Danny Ainge is going to do his job, which involves listening to and talking to other teams about players, not just Rondo," Rondo's agent Bill Duffy told "But they have made it clear to us that they have no intention of trading Rondo. So I will leave it at that."