Once Celtics GM Danny Ainge came to the conclusion that Boston’s aging core was no longer capable of contending for a title he traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and plunged the team into a full-fledged rebuild in the process.

It was widely believed around the league that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo was available too and could have been had for the right price. But a rebuild has to begin with elite-level talent at some point and Rondo is a piece that the team apparently had no intention of trading at this time.