[icon image=”beer” align=”left”] What’s Brewing: A small percentage of Celtic Nation fears that Rajon Rondo will be traded as part of Danny Ainge’s rebuilding of the Boston Celtics. They see his flirtation with trading Rondo as a sign, and that Rondo doesn’t fit with the new direction that the team is going in. And, with Rondo coming back from a serious knee injury, there are those in The Nation that worry about Rondo’s ability to come back the same player as he was before. With that said, the questions on the minds of some are simple: Will Rondo be back in a Boston Celtics uniform when the season starts? Will he be as effective as he was before the knee injury? And will Ainge try to move Rondo as part of the rebuilding process?
[box style=”alert”]Inside Scoop: Good questions all. So, to get a read and provide semi-authentic answers, we had to reach down deep into our reservoir of insiders. The consensus among our colleagues with inside information is this: Rondo will definitely be a Boston Celtic when the season starts. Even if there’s a desire to trade Rondo, it would be practically impossible due to questions surrounding the knee. So, Rondo isn’t going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. He’s under contract, he’s rehabbing the knee, and he has every intention of returning to the same All-Star level as before. I’m also hearing that the rehab is going well, and that we shouldn’t expect the issues that we’ve seen from Derrick Rose. I’m talking about the mental aspect of the recovery. Rondo, by all accounts, is gearing up to return as soon as humanly possible. Whether that’s the start of the season, mid-season or beyond is another question. But my insider is telling me that Rondo is fired up and ready to go.[/box]
[icon image=”clipboard” align=”left”] Insider’s Take: In putting all of the pieces together as they stand now, there doesn’t seem to be any interest in trading Rondo away even when healthy. Ainge could end up making a liar out of me, and making my insider look silly in the process, but right now it looks like Ainge is committed to building this team around Rondo. That’s great news if you’re a Rondo fan. Rondo is a special talent with a truly unique skill set. If Ainge can build a young group around him, the sky is the limit. One insider spoke glowingly about Rondo’s connection with Chris Wilcox, and what the Celtics might look like if Rondo was pushing the ball with a group of young, athletic wings. He makes a good point. It has truly been hard to push the ball with a collection of older players, which is what Rondo has had to work with. Imagine if he has several options like that at his disposal.