Boston Celtics Can't Rebuild Without Making Rajon Rondo Trade
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After eight seasons with the Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo‘s days are numbered—or at least they should be.

While the organization has indicated otherwise, its first priority should be parting with the four-time All-Star on its own terms, ideally terms that entail trading for up-and-coming assets.

It’s hard to know what to make of the comments that have emerged from Boston’s front office and others with a stake in Rondo’s relationship with the franchise. Public appearances can be deceiving, particularly when the Celtics may indeed hold out some hope that Rondo will remain a centerpiece and potentially attract premier talent.

By now, however, those hopes should be measured—if not dismissed altogether.

Speculation about Rondo’s future with the team was renewed in August thanks to an online segment from ESPN’s Around the Horn (h/t CBSSports.com’s James Herbert) in which Boston-based scribe Jackie MacMullan disclosed Rondo’s disaffection, saying, “He’s told them [the Celtics] he wants out. And no one believes me, but that’s the truth.”

That suggestion was subsequently refuted in multiple corners.

The Boston Herald‘s Mark Murphy tweeted, “Spokeswoman for Rajon Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, said both men deny that Celtics guard has demanded a trade.”

And while CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely rejected the notion of an imminent split, he did report, “Multiple league and team sources agree the most likely scenario has Rondo beginning the season in Boston. Then, depending on how the team does, both sides will mutually agree to either ride it out or part ways sooner rather than later.”

Unsurprisingly, team president Danny Ainge has been confronted with a steady dose of questions about his star point guard’s fate.

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Most recently, he told the media, “We expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long term.”

Just days earlier, he …read more