During last year’s NBA Draft, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sat on a cross-country flight bound for Los Angeles. And when the plane landed, he turned on his cellphone and saw the text messages pour in.

There were hundreds of them, he recalled, and rightly so, as the Celtics had just traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster swap.

Then last month, Rondo was again on a plane headed to Los Angeles on the eve of the draft, and when the flight landed this time, his phone stayed calm.

“I didn’t have a thousand text messages, so I knew I was still a Celtic or that we didn’t make any big trades,” he said with a laugh Monday during a break at his basketball camp, held in his hometown.

The Celtics kept Rondo and their picks, drafting Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart at No. 6 and then Kentucky swingman James Young at No. 17.

The crowd of Celtics season-ticket holders attending a draft party at TD Garden that night offered a mixed reaction when the selection of Smart was announced on the JumboTron. After all, Smart plays the same position as Rondo, so were the Celtics drafting Rondo’s replacement?

And if not, what of Rondo’s future in Boston?

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on draft night that picking Smart means nothing for Rondo, and he’s maintained that stance.

Rondo takes a similar position on the matter.

“I don’t think nothing of it,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “I am who I am.”