Rajon Rondo RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe on efforts to recruit Rajon Rondo to Lakers: ‘I’m not stopping until he signs an extension’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant had a very public breakfast with Rajon Rondo during the Lakers trip to Boston earlier this season, in what may have been a bit of a feeling out process. The Lakers were reportedly interested in acquiring Rondo, but lacked the assets to get a deal done before Celtics GM Danny Ainge..." January 21

  • Rajon Rondo receives standing ovation from Celtics fans two weeks after being traded

    USA Today "Rajon Rondo returned to Boston for a Friday night game against his former Celtics with his new team, the Dallas Mavericks. This was Rondo’s first time back in the Garden, just two weeks after being traded. This will also be his only Boston visit in the regular season. Celtics fans took the..." January 03

  • Mavericks' Rajon Rondo: 'I haven't played defense in a couple of years'

    CBSSports.com "Rajon Rondo has taken some criticism for his effort level on defense while with the Boston Celtics. In his two weeks with the Dallas Mavericks, he's already appeared to increase his intensity on that end of the floor. Back in Boston to face the Celtics, he was asked about Dallas' defensive numbers..." January 02

  • Celtics’ Danny Ainge: Rajon Rondo ‘very motivated to prove he’s a max guy’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rajon Rondo was traded to the Mavericks a couple of weeks ago, and already has a return to Boston on deck this weekend when Dallas will face the Celtics on Friday. Rondo admitted it will be an emotional evening for him, but Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge seems to have..." January 02

  • Rajon Rondo: 'Excited to go back'

    ESPN Dallas "Rajon Rondo is bracing for an emotional return to Boston. It will come two weeks after Rondo, the four-time All-Star point guard who spent the first eight-plus seasons of his NBA career with the Boston Celtics, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs face the Celtics at TD Garden on..." January 01

  • Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

    Yahoo! Sports "While Rajon Rondo continued to say publicly he was committed to staying with the Boston Celtics, Rondo's former teammate and close friend, Kendrick Perkins, knew he truly felt different. "He wanted out, but he would never say that though," Perkins told Yahoo Sports. Perkins and Rondo were..." December 19

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The Dallas Mavericks are serious suitors for Rajon Rondo, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Houston's discussed Rondo deal with Boston too.

  • Will controversy erupt over Stevens' Smart-for-Rondo switch?

    CSN New England "After Boston's stirring 133-132 double-overtime loss at Washington on Monday, the game's outcome took a back seat to the bigger story: Rajon Rondo on the bench during crunch time and replaced by rookie Marcus Smart. While there will be some who see this as coach Brad Stevens sticking it to..." December 10

  • Smart 'deserved to play' over Rondo in crunch time

    CSN New England "Rajon Rondo is a four time all-star. Marcus Smart is the rookie many assume will be Rondo's heir apparent. So who do you think the Celtics turned to in crunch time on Monday? They went with Smart and for good reason: he was playing better. Despite Smart having the game of his life, it..." December 09

  • Rajon Rondo's Free Throw Shooting Is Historically Awful So Far

    Deadspin.com "Rajon Rondo has never been a great free-throw shooter. Coming into the 2014-15 season his career average was 62.1 percent—substandard for a point guard—but so far this season, Rondo has been a calamity. He's shot a horrendous 9-30 (30.0 percent) clip from the "charity stripe" in his 15 games..." December 06

  • Sources: Kobe-Rondo breakfast simply social

    ESPN Los Angeles "The intriguing breakfast between Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo on Thursday morning in Boston was indeed just breakfast. The two stars had planned for weeks on meeting up for a meal when the Lakers were in Boston, sources told ESPN.com. While..." December 05

  • Count on teams thinking Hack-a-Rondo

    CSN New England "In the early 2000s, we saw plenty of teams resort to a Hack-a-Shaq strategy where they intentionally fouled former Celtic Shaquille O'Neal who has been a bad free throw shooter his entire NBA career. Every now and then teams will resort to Hack-a-Dwight Howard tactic because like O'Neal, Howard..." November 22

  • Celtics Telling Teams Rajon Rondo Won't Be Traded

    Real GM Basketball "Rival executives have told Bleacher Report that Danny Ainge has been firm that the Boston Celtics will not trade Rajon Rondo ahead of the trade deadline. "They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said one general manager, who nevertheless added, "I definitely think..." November 20

  • Report: Celtics' Rondo seeking max, GM Ainge weighing options

    The Score "Rajon Rondo wants to stay with the Boston Celtics, the Celtics would like to keep him and yet a great deal of uncertainty remains regarding Rondo's future with the franchise. Such is life for a team with a star player on an expiring contract, due for a raise and set for unrestricted free..." November 19

  • Kendrick Perkins wants Rajon Rondo to stay in Boston

    Boston Herald "Former Celtic Kendrick Perkins was dribbling down memory lane before last night’s game when he was asked if he believes his friend Rajon Rondo will stay with the Celtics after he becomes a free agent next summer. “He should,” said Perk, a Celt for seven-plus years before being traded to..." November 13

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    Scott Souza @scott_souza

    #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Rajon Rondo will see Dr. McKeon today, may practice tomorrow, all indications will play Wednesday.

  • Report: Lakers will pursue Rondo in free agency this summer

    NESN "Could Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant coexist in the same backcourt? The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly would love to find out. The Lakers plan on making a hard push to bring the Boston Celtics point guard to L.A. when he hits free agency after this season, SI.com’s Chris Mannix reported Wednesday...." November 06

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    Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP

    Rajon Rondo..wait for it..WILL play tonight. (Marcus Smart would've been the first rookie pro to start a Celtics opener since Paul Pierce)

  • Rajon Rondo says he's a 'nap-time' decision for season opener

    SB Nation "Rajon Rondo did not play a single minute in the preseason as he recovers from a broken hand, but the Boston Celtics star just might be in the lineup on opening night. It all depends on how his nap goes. Rondo told reporters he's a 'nap-time' decision for Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn..." October 29

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    gary washburn @GwashburnGlobe

    Always a numbers guy Rajon Rondo said there's a "79 percent" chance he'll play Wednesday. Rondo said he'll get one more hand X-ray #Celtics

  • C's Rondo begins to participate in contact drills

    ESPN Boston "Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday that injured point guard Rajon Rondo has begun participating in contact drills but is still relegated to wearing a large pad on his left hand in order to do so. "He's progressing well," Stevens said. "He'll continue to do a little bit more..." October 23

  • Rondo 'progressing great' still waiting for full clearance, but Celtics consider opening night a possibility

    MassLive.com "After the latest examination of Rajon Rondo's left hand, an opening night return remains a possibility. But the Boston Celtics star no longer wants to target a certain date. “I don’t know,” he said before Monday’s practice. “I still haven’t had any contact yet. Opener’s a little bit over a week..." October 21

  • Rajon Rondo: Celtics ‘Going To Surprise A Lot Of People’ Under Brad Stevens

    NESN "Last season was a trial run of sorts for Brad Stevens. Mediocrity was expected from the 2013-14 Boston Celtics, no matter who held the position of head coach. Now, in his second year on an NBA bench, Stevens knows what to expect. And, perhaps more importantly, he has the full trust of the players..." October 21

  • Rondo takes some shots; not close to returning

    CSN New England "If you arrive at a Boston Celtics game early and you see Rajon Rondo on the floor getting up shots, don't get too excited. The four-time All-Star, still on the mend following a broken left hand injury, has yet to be cleared for full contact which is a precursor to him returning to the Celtics'..." October 11

  • Celtics' Rajon Rondo: 'Hopefully I won't miss any games this year'

    CBSSports.com "Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who had surgery on his broken right hand last Friday, said that he won't rule out returning by opening night, via CSNNE: "Hopefully I won't miss any games this year," Rondo said in an exclusive interview with CSNNE's Mike Gorman. "Lord willing I heal..." October 01

  • Rajon Rondo Wants To Invent ‘Waterproof’ Writing Instrument To Use In Shower

    NESN "If you’re one of those people who uses the shower as prime “thinking time” and your only wish is to have a waterproof writing utensil, have no fear. Rajon Rondo feels your pain. The Boston Celtics star is going to be out for several weeks with a broken hand after taking a fall in his shower,..." September 30

  • Employees deny Rajon Rondo broke his hand at birthday party

    Fox Sports "No, folks, Rajon Rondo did not break his hand at a trampoline park. Multiple employees at Altitude Trampoline Park in Billerica, Mass., tweeted over the weekend, and a NESN.com source confirmed, that Rondo did nothing but sit and watch his kids jump at a birthday party Tuesday, dispelling..." September 30

  • Celtics’ Rajon Rondo suffers broken hand

    Kentucky Sports Connection "The Boston Celtics have confirmed the injury via press release. Rajon Rondo underwent successful surgical fixation of a left metacarpal fracture this morning at New England Baptist Hospital. The injury was a result of a fall at his home last night. The surgery was performed by Dr. Hervey..." September 27

  • Smart learning from Rondo during precamp workouts

    CSN New England "During pickup games at the Boston Celtics practice facility, Marcus Smart has found himself matched up at times against Rajon Rondo. "It's totally different than what I expected it to be," said Smart, who was among the Celtics players attending the Shamrock Foundation's fundraiser. "He's one of..." September 24

  • Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck on ‘Stubborn’ Rajon Rondo: 'I Don’t Know How Coachable He Really Is'

    Boston Globe "Celtics CEO, governor, and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was a guest on WBZ-TV’s “Sports Final Overtime” Sunday evening to discuss some of his charitable endeavors and, naturally, preview the upcoming basketball season. With his team working diligently to get back to their recent days of championship..." September 23

  • Celtics GM Danny Ainge remains noncommittal on trading Rajon Rondo

    Pro Basketball Talk "Danny Ainge is keeping his options open. He has a guy in Rajon Rondo that is an All-Star point guard who, with quality players around him, can help lift a team. Problem is the Celtics don’t really have those players right now, Ainge can try to trade for some, but frankly Rondo is his best trade..." September 22

  • Celtics exec: Rondo trade request 'news to me'

    CSN New England "Training camp is less than a month away and the Celtics have every expectation that four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo will be available, healthy as ever. The Celtics have done their due diligence in disputing an earlier report by ESPN that Rondo had asked for a trade. "It was news to me,"..." September 06

  • Sources: Rondo, Celtics plan to stay the course despite rumors

    Sporting News "For Rajon Rondo, little has changed. He and those around him have long held that his intention for the final two years of his contract with Boston is to play out the deal, first showing that he is healthy after returning from ACL surgery last year, then bouncing back into All-Star form this year..." September 03

  • Will Rajon Rondo repeat history and believe in the Celtics?

    SB Nation "The last time the Boston Celtics were obviously in the middle of a rebuild, the team's superstar did something really interesting. Instead of looking for greener pastures and using free agency as a trade cudgel, he committed long-term to Boston, eventually setting up a championship run. Now we..." September 02

  • Trading Rajon Rondo ‘not a high priority’ for Celtics

    Boston Globe "Avery Bradley talks glowingly of Avery Bradley III, mentioning that his son is totally attached to his father, crying for long stretches when Dad hits the gym for one of his three daily workouts. Bradley’s mind is free entering his fifth NBA season. He just agreed to a four-year, $32 million..." August 25

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    Basketball Insiders @BBallInsiders

    Sources close to the process in both Boston and Sacramento are adamantly denying that a Rajon Rondo deal is being discussed.

  • Rajon Rondo turns off free agents considering Celtics?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rajon Rondo has the ultimate support of Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce backs him, too. But not everyone gets along with Rondo – and the list is apparently longer than just Ray Allen, whose feud with the Celtics point guard changed the Eastern Conference for years. Replying to Jeff Clark of..." July 17

  • The Rockets aren't getting Rajon Rondo

    SB Nation "The Rockets have little to offer for Rondo outside of their own star players, so don't expect the point guard to end up in Houston. After whiffing on the big fish in free agency while also losing Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets have reportedly set their sights on..." July 15

  • Rajon Rondo trade rumors rankle Danny Ainge again

    Boston Herald "It is the zombie rumor. As Freddy Krueger said to Jason, “Why won’t you die?” But despite the best efforts of some to puff out illicit smoke and call it fire, what was true in February at the trade deadline was true yesterday. In the wake of more reports that Houston again targeted Rajon..." July 15

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    So look for Rockets to re-enter trade game for longtime Houston target Rajon Rondo as well as try to work their way into mix for Kevin Love

  • Reports: Celtics in no rush to trade Rajon Rondo

    Celtics Blog "The summer isn't over yet, so there's still plenty of time for fireworks of some kind to get lit. You never know what moves around the league could open opportunities for Danny Ainge to exploit somehow. However, all signs indicate that the Celtics and Wolves aren't any closer to a Kevin Love..." July 08

  • Rajon Rondo says he’s OK with Celtics’ draft

    Boston Globe "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..." July 08

  • Ainge: Celtics Have No Plans to Trade Rondo Despite Marcus Smart Pick

    Boston Globe "The big question on most Celtics fans' minds after the Boston Celtics selected Marcus Smart with the no. 6 pick is simple: What does the pick of the young guard mean for the future of Rajon Rondo? Might the team be looking to move on from their captain with Smart in the picture? Danny Ainge..." June 27

  • Source on Rajon Rondo trade rumors: 'I think it is the usual BS'

    Sporting News "If it is trading season, then it's time for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo to have his name run through the trade wringer. But, according to a source close to the situation, Rondo has not been informed of any change of plans when it comes to the Celtics' future, and he remains committed..." June 26

  • Are Kings preparing an offer to Celtics for Rondo?

    CSN New England "The Sacramento Kings' interest in trading for Detroit's Josh Smith may not make a lot of sense on the surface. But the more you examine the deal, you get the feeling that acquiring Smith isn't the Kings' end-game in all this. In fact, a more likely reason for pursuing the 6-foot-9 forward..." June 26

  • Could Josh Smith trade lead to Rondo to Kings?

    ESPN Boston "The Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings have talked about a potential Josh Smith deal: Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Pistons have engaged the Sacramento Kings in trade discussions this week that would potentially land Josh Smith in the same Sacramento..." June 25

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    No word deal is imminent (yet) but Sacramento's well-known fondness for Rajon Rondo would help explain Kings' interest in his buddy JSmoove

  • Celtics prefer to build around Rondo

    CSN New England "It's a great plan. Step 1 - Convince the Timberwolves to give up Kevin Love for a boatload of draft picks and a young player. Step 2 - Hope that Carmelo Anthony opts out of his contract with the Knicks and then lure him to Boston. Step 3 - Compete for NBA Championship with Big Three of..." June 21

  • Rondo: Celtics Need to Make Run at Melo

    Basketball Insiders "Rajon Rondo said he believes Carmelo Anthony is the “missing piece’’ for the Bulls and even threw the Celtics’ hat into the ring for the likely soon-to-be free agent. “I hate to say it, but he just might be [the missing piece],’’ Rondo said on ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie. “[The Bulls] have a great..." June 21

  • Report: Celtics will either get Kevin Love or likely trade Rajon Rondo

    Pro Basketball Talk "Their top player can become an unrestricted free agent in 2015, and he’s not pleased about missing the playoffs. No doubt, they should seriously address the situation this summer before it’s too late. The Timberwolves and Celtics are in the same boat. Kevin Love’s desire to escape Minnesota..." June 20