January 14, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half against the Charlotte Bobcats at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: Danny Ainge Says no to Trading Rondo, Reaches out to Dwight Howard


January 14, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half against the Charlotte Bobcats at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Compared to the recent days for the Celtics, today has been extremely calm. There was virtually no shake up in the coaching search for the Celtics nor was there any movement from them in the free agent frenzy.

Only a few tidbits of news came from the Celtics brass today. One was actually pretty important.

Danny Ainge made it known that he isn’t shopping Rajon Rondo and doesn’t have any intentions of trading him. He said that he is, however, receiving calls about Rondo and is willing to listen to a deal that is put on the table for him according to the Sporting News. 

A source told Sporting News on Monday that, while Ainge gets calls on Rondo regularly, he has no intention of trading him, but rather, wants to see how Rondo operates as the team leader without Pierce and Garnett around.

Also, in the same article, it states that Rajon has yet to talk about him being traded or inquire about a trade for himself. He apparently embraces the notion that the Celtics are now his and he is the sole member of the 2008 championship team.

He wants to be the pillar that everyone leans on for next season. The fact that he is walking into the season with such confidence is a good sign for Celtics fans. If Ainge truly doesn’t want to tank, however, he’d better get some pieces to couple with Rondo to make this team competitive. With the roster that is in place, there is no way that the Celtics make it out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Speaking of trying to make this team competitive, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Celtics reached out to Dwight Howard’s circle to inquire about his interest in playing for Boston. Howard said no to the opportunity, but you have to at least try, right?

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