Updated: September 23, 2014, 6:01 PM ET


By
Chris Forsberg
| ESPNBoston.com


DEDHAM, Mass. — Boston Celtics decision-makers, including owner Wyc Grousbeck, made clear again on Tuesday that they desire to keep Rajon Rondo with the team for the long-term future.

Grousbeck raised some eyebrows Sunday when he told a television station that Rondo is “super stubborn” and questioned how coachable the All-Star point guard is.

But Grousbeck stressed in that interview that he wanted Rondo, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, to be a part of the team’s future. He echoed those remarks when team officials gathered Tuesday at Dedham Country Club for an end-of-the-offseason golf tournament to benefit the team’s Shamrock Foundation.

“It’s my goal to keep Rondo here,” Grousbeck said. “I think we all want that. And I actually honestly think — he should speak for himself — I think Rajon wants to stay, or would be very happy to stay. And we’ll see how this season goes, and how the negotiations go, but he’s proud to be a Celtic. I know that. He’s proud to wear that [2008 title] ring and he deserved it.”

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was downright exasperated when asked yet again about Rondo’s future in Boston.

“Are you seriously asking me that again? Yes, we expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long term,” Ainge said. “Does that need to be asked any more by anybody ever again?”

During an appearance on Sunday, Ainge admitted that Rondo’s impending free-agent status means the team can’t unequivocally rule out trading him, but stressed again on Tuesday that the preferred plan is to keep him in green.

Ainge did acknowledge there’s virtually nothing he can do to limit those trade whispers, …read more