Rajon Rondo has been mentioned in almost every single Boston Celtics trade rumor over the past year. But when it comes down to it, the All-Star point guard prefers to stay put.
In an interview with ESPN Boston, Rondo said he has enjoyed his time with the Celtics and has become entrenched in the Boston culture. And despite being on and off the trade block seemingly every week, this is where he hopes to be.
“I’ve been enjoying my time in Boston. I’ve been to a Bruins game, pretty good playoff game a couple weeks back, then [Sunday] I went to a Red Sox game. I had some great seats on the monster. I’ve been enjoying my summer here. I’m ready for the sun to stay the same for a couple weeks.”
“Yes. I don’t like change, really,” said Rondo. “I’m pretty comfortable. I have a beautiful home here. I love it here. I have a great neighbor, the best neighbor in the world. I don’t want to leave. It’s just part of the process that I’ll talk about once the season is over. As of now, I’m a Celtic … This is home to me, as of now.”
Rondo is an unrestricted free agent in the much-anticipated summer of 2015. And as mentioned before, he called Boston “home,” but added “as of now.”
Rondo said he trusts Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge in transforming the team back into a contender, which has not been the case since he traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets, and sent Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I trust a lot in Danny,” said Rondo. “He’s turned this thing around before. I have faith in him. I believe in Danny. I think we do need another big-time player. But that’s all his job. He’s working on that now and I completely have faith in him.”
The Celtics have been rumored to land some big-time players this offseason. One of which just made the trip to Beantown this weekend.
Kevin Love spent time visiting Boston to “see what it’s like,” and even spent time with Rondo during his trip. Love has one year remaining on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but has pleaded to management to deal him away so the team can get adequate compensation before he walks in free agency next summer.