Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors Discussed By Danny Ainge At Celtics Press Conference

Rajon Rondo trade rumors have been a hot topic the last couple of days as the Boston Celtics point guard has been rumored to be involved in trades to both the New Orleans Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder in the past couple of days. The Boston Celtics did what they could to squash those talks for the time being, however, when they met with the media on Thursday morning.

Team president Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers held a press conference in Waltham, Mass. -- the site of the Celtics training camp -- and the inevitable happened when a reporter asked the looming rumors.

"I'll talk to Rondo. Rondo will be fine," team president Danny Ainge said. "Rondo knows that we love him. He's excited to come back and play basketball. He gets a lot of attention. He's a great player. There's a lot of people that call me and ask me about Rondo. How these rumors get out is unfortunate but we didn't leak those rumors out and we'll deal with it. He'll be fine."

Ainge eventually said he wasn't trying to trade Rondo, but Rivers discussed how those sort of rumors might be brought up.

"There's a reason when whatever this thing leaked out, it was all over the news," Doc Rivers said. "It's because the players they were talking about are both really good. Rondo has established that with his play. He is a great basketball player and he does so many things for our team. He should be flattered, in a way, that this is news."

As short as it's planned to be, the NBA offseason should still be plenty interesting.

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