The Boston Celtics are in full-blown Lose For Tomorrow mode, as they finally dismantled their Big 3 and sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. This leaves Rajon Rondo as the odd man out, and many have wondered if the Celtics will look to trade him this season, once he becomes healthy, to "help" the team lose while acquiring young talent.
Others have assumed that Rondo wants out of Boston to re-join a contender, but the C's point guard reassures the media and public that he has no designs of leaving the team. Rajon says that Danny Ainge has been clear with him, and told him it's his team. The 27 year old point, wants the challenge of helming a team from the ground up.
"I love it here. The fans are great here," Rondo said, according to Comcast SportsNet. "And [president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] has been straightforward with me. This is my team. Why would I want to leave? Why would I want out?
"I never really backed away from a challenge. This would be a challenge. I'm looking forward to working with coach [Brad] Stevens. It's a brand-new start for us as a team. A lot of new players and a lot of young guys willing to listen, so I'm very excited about that."
There is still no timetable on Rondo's return from his knee injury last year - an injury that may have been the nail in the Big 3's coffin - and many wonder if the team wants him to return simply to sweeten potential trade deals, or if they are satisfied with him missing as many games as possible while rookie coach Brad Stevens gets acclimated to this team (and this league.)