Comcast sports reporter, A. Sherrod Blakely, has reported that there is only smoke when it comes to the Rajon Rondo to the Sacramento Kings rumor. Blakely says that his sources have been telling him that no one is going to make a legitimate offer for Rondo for months.
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 CSNNE.com. “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 CSNNE.com 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 CSNNE.com. “But they have made it clear to us that they have no intention of trading Rondo. So I will leave it at that.”
This makes plenty of sense. Rajon Rondo is coming off of an ACL tear and has been cleared for contact. Before teams make any type of serious offer for the All-Star point guard, they’d want to see how he functions first. And they’d also want to make sure that there are no setbacks.
This doesn’t mean that Rondo won’t be moved, but it will definitely take time before that happens. He’s the C’s best player, and they won’t come up off of him so easily. We’ll see what happens as time moves forward.