Celtics Trade Rumors: Big Four, Boston Still Intact As Trade Deadline Arrives

The trade deadline has arrived. Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics did not make any moves as Thursday's afternoon deadline rolled around, meaning that the Big Three and Rajon Rondo will headline the Celtics' playoff push for one final time.

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Sean Williams Officially Signs With Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics announced Friday that the organization has waived Jermaine O'Neal and used the additional roster spot to acquire Sean Williams, the former Boston College Eagle who most recently played NBA hoops with the Dallas Mavericks.

Though Williams will be playoff eligible for the Celtics -- he was waived by Dallas prior to the eligibility deadline -- it's unlikely that the Celtics signed the athletic center thinking he will contribute much to the postseason run. More likely, the signing is similar to the Tony Gaffney acquisition two seasons ago, with the Celtics looking to see how Williams fits into the organization and assure that he takes a spot with the Celtics' entry in summer league.

Williams, still just 25, has career averages of 4.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in 14.4 minutes. He's known as a premier shot-blocker who has not yet realized his full potential.

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Boston Celtics Rumors 2012: Celtics Reportedly Close To Signing C Sean Williams, Waiving Jermaine O'Neal

The Boston Celtics are reportedly close to signing free agent center Sean Williams (via ESPN Boston).

Sean Williams was a standout for the Boston College Eagles before being drafted in 2007 by the New Jersey Nets. He was waived by the Dallas Mavericks on March 22, just one day before the NBA Playoff eligibility deadline, which makes him eligible for this season's playoffs.

Williams only played eight games for the Mavericks this season while spending the bulk of his season playing for the D-League Texas Legends. In his eight games with the Mavericks, Williams averaged 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game.

The former first round NBA Draft pick

is scheduled to join the Celtics in Atlanta and will be in uniform for Boston's game Friday night against the Hawks

In addition, Boston is reportedly releasing Jermaine O'Neal, whose season was ended by wrist surgery, to make room for Williams.

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NBA Buyouts 2012: Ryan Hollins Expected To Join Boston Celtics Friday

The Boston Celtics are expected to sign Ryan Hollins, who was recently released by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the seven-footer should join his new team in Philadelphia Friday night, according to CSNNE sideline reporter Greg Dickerson.

The Celtics have been desperate for interior help since losing Jermaine O'Neal (degenerative wrist condition) and Chris Wilcox (heart issue) for the remainder of the season. The Celtics are currently starting power forward Kevin Garnett at center, and Greg Stiemsma is the only natural center on the roster.

Hollins is no superstar, but he's an athletic seven-footer who can soak up minutes and personal fouls, if nothing else. The 27-year old averaged 3.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks during 24 appearances with the Cavaliers this season, including seven starts. He has also played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves, setting career-high averages of 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds with Minnesota in 2009-10.

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Boston Celtics Rumors 2012: Doc Rivers Says Celtics 'Close' To Adding Free Agents

The Boston Celtics could be close to adding a free agent or two, coach Doc Rivers told reporters at the team's shootaround Monday in Atlanta.

"We're close with a couple of free agents that we've looked at, but we'll see," Rivers said, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

Any acquisition would almost certainly be a big man.

The Celtics have been in desperate need of interior depth since Jermaine O'Neal re-aggravated a wrist injury in February and Chris Wilcox learned earlier this month that he needed heart surgery. It's still possible that O'Neal misses the rest of the season, and doctors have told Wilcox he will not return this year after he undergoes aortic surgery on March 29.

Potential free agent targets include Ronny Turiaf, Chris Johnson, Leon Powe and Earl Barron. Rasheed Wallace has also been rumored to be looking for a return to the NBA.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Still Intact As Trade Deadline Arrives

We have reached the NBA trade deadline, and as far as we know, the Boston Celtics are still intact. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have all been linked to rumors leading up to Thursday's deadline, but it appears as if all of the Big Four will remain in Celtics green for at least the rest of the year.

This news will be met with mixed reaction from Celtics fans. Naturally, fans have become emotionally attached to the Big Four, who brought them a championship in 2008 and nearly brought them another two years later. But the Celtics aren't exactly in prime position to compete for another title this year and are in need of some bigs with injuries to Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O'Neal. At this point, it appears as if Danny Ainge will attempt to improve the team's depth via waivers, like he did last year by signing Troy Murphy.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Jermaine O'Neal Asking For Buyout, Wants To Join Miami Heat

Jermaine O'Neal wants a contract buyout from the Boston Celtics and has interest in signing with the Miami Heat, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, but the Celtics are still trying to use his expiring contract as part of a package deal as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

It's unclear whether O'Neal will even be able to play the remainder of the season. The center has not played since Feb. 20 due to a wrist injury that has affected him since last season, and was considering season-ending surgery as recently as a couple weeks ago.

But if he can play, asking for a contract buyout makes a little sense. The 33-year old signed with the Celtics prior to last season in hopes of winning a championship. Now that the Celtics no longer seem like contenders, it's natural that he would want to move elsewhere to continue chasing a ring.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Ray Allen Could Be Moved, According To Report

The Celtics are one of the teams many believe could be active prior to today's NBA trade deadline, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge declared during a radio interview that there's a '50-50' chance the team makes a move.

Moreover, it appears that one of the players that could be moved is veteran guard Ray Allen, who according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, is attracting interest from several teams.

Wojnarowski says that some teams are offering a quality young player to Boston, while others are offering a first round pick. Should a team ante up both a player and a pick, the Celtics may do it.

The seemingly ageless Allen is having another productive year for Boston, averaging nearly 15 points per game and shooting over 47 percent from beyond the arc. His skill set and expiring contract make him a valuable chip for the Celtics, but Ainge has not discounted the possibility of keeping his veteran core in tact for another run at a championship.

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D-Day: Celtics' Big Four Likely Staying Put As Trade Deadline Arrives

D-Day has arrived for the Boston Celtics as the trade deadline is now only hours away. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have all been linked to trade rumors, but will the Big Four be moved?

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NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Seem Set As Deadline Day Arrives

Deadline day has arrived in the NBA, and so far it has been relatively quiet (as far as actual deals are concerned). The only major trade we've seen so far came between the Warriors and Bucks, with Golden State shipping Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to Milwaukee for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

Of course, there has been plenty of chatter surrounding Dwight Howard. Wednesday was a painful reminder that Twitter has changed the reporting game for good, as we heard a plethora of conflicting reports about whether or not Howard was going to waive his opt-out clause. The latest credible reports have Howard staying for another year, but it's not official.

And at last, we come to the Big Four and our beloved Boston Celtics.

The Celtics haven't been able to escape the rumor mill. Rajon Rondo has drawn the most attention, as has been the case for the past few years. It all started this summer when Rondo was rumored to be part of a package to land then Hornets guard Chris Paul in Boston. Alas, it didn't go through. Then we've had the Rondo for Pau Gasol rumors.

The Big Three have been involved in rumors, too. Reports have tagged Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett as targets of other teams. Pierce was reportedly offered up by the Celtics to the Blazers and one report said he was the most likely Celtic to be on the move by the deadline. Allen has drawn interest, as has Garnett to a lesser extent.

Despite the rumors, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers doesn't think there will be moves.

"I would be surprised if we're not [fully intact]. But you never know. Last year I may have made that statement and we traded nine guys," quipped Celtics coach Doc Rivers, referencing how Boston traded five players, including starting center Kendrick Perkins, at last year's deadline. "I mean this thing goes pretty quickly, I guess you're telling me that Dwight [Howard] is going to be back in play, so you never know." (via ESPN Boston)

What will Danny Ainge do? No one can accurately predict, but we shall find out soon.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Offered Up Paul Pierce To Trail Blazers

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics was reportedly offered up in a trade to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com (via WEEI.com). The report did not specify what the Celtics were looking for in exchange for Pierce.

Comparing the two rosters, it would be tough to find a solid match for a Pierce deal. Pierce, who is owed $32 million over two years, would likely not be enough to land star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and he would be the only player worthy of a deal for the captain.

Pierce has stayed clear from most rumors during this year's trade season, but has had his name mentioned in some reports. One report indicated that Pierce was the likeliest Celtics player to be moved, but did not specify to where.

Pierce is averaging 18.4 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 38 games this season.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Rajon Rondo 'Not Being Traded,' Says Danny Ainge

NBA trade rumors follow Rajon Rondo like a shadow, but Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge tried Friday night to finally put the rumors to rest.

Ainge, always active on his cell phone during trade season, told CSNNE.com Rondo is not going anywhere.

"Rondo's not being traded," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics facing the Los Angeles Clippers. "I don't know how many times I have to say it. Rondo's not being traded."

Since 2009, Rondo has been rumored to be swapped for everything short of a 2011 Toyota Corolla. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that the Celtics and Lakers discussed a Pau Gasol-Rajon Rondo deal just last week.

But Ainge denied the Gasol rumor while Rondo a nod of support for remaining professional throughout all the rumored moves.

"Rondo, from the beginning of this year, has shown a lot of maturity in dealing with all this, back to the Chris Paul rumors and stuff," Ainge said. "Rondo and I have had open dialogue and conversation. He knows where he stands with our organization and how important he is."

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Rajon Rondo For Pau Gasol Trade Rumor Won't Die; Lakers, Celtics Reportedly Discussed Deal Last Week

The Rajon Rondo for Pau Gasol trade rumor just won't die, with the Los Angeles Times being the latest media outlet to report that both sides have discussed an exchange.

Mike Bresnahan reported Monday that the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics discussed the swap as recently as last week, but did not come close to completing a deal because the Lakers are unwilling to move Gasol for Rondo.

The Celtics should also be wary of such a trade. Rondo is a 26-year old, three-time All-Star enjoying arguably the finest season of his career, and he'll make an average of $11 million per season through 2015. Gasol is a 31-year old suffering his worst season since joining the Lakers in 2008, and he'll make $19 million per season through 2014.

One of the NBA's rule of thumbs is to trade for size when you can, but the Celtics are likely to enter a rebuilding stage after this season and getting older does not make much sense.

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Celtics Trade Rumors: Rondo Isn't Focused On Deadline

Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo, has been the subject of trade rumors for months now, but he says he's not allowing the talks to affect his play on the court.

I don't think anyone's really worried about it, honestly. Whatever happens, happens," Rondo said after the Celtics' 104-86 win over Portland. "No one's really focused on all the trade talk. We've done a pretty good job throughout this trade talk of just getting wins. We're professionals. We're an older team. Trades happen."

Rondo has averaged 11 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds in his last games, in which the Celtics have won four. Boston is 6-1 since the All-Star break and looking to make a move on the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Atlantic Division and a top four seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Rondo is owed $36M over this next three seasons.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Tried To Move Ray Allen To Pacers?

Jackie MacMullan's story on the two Big Three's in Boston Celtics lore was quite something (certainly worth a read), but at the very end popped up an interesting nugget about a potential trade that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge attempted to make involving Ray Allen (thanks to CelticsLife.com for bringing this to attention).

In talking with Celtics legend and current Indiana Pacers president, Larry Bird, MacMullan provides us with a quote from Larry Legend indicating that he and Ainge had been in talks about sending Allen to Indiana in exchange for Tyler Hansbrough and a first-round pick.

"Here's the thing," Bird said. "When Danny and I talked about trading for Ray, he wanted Tyler Hansbrough and a first-round pick. If that's the value he's putting on Ray Allen, he ain't getting it. That tells me he's in no hurry to trade him." (via ESPN Boston)

Allen is averaging 14.5 points and shooting 47.2 percent from thee-point range this year.

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Celtics Trade Rumors: Danny Ainge Says No Trades In The Works

Danny Ainge isn't expecting to make any trades. At least, that's what the general manager of the Boston Celtics said in an interview on the WEEI Sports Radio Network Thursday with the NBA trade deadline less than one week away.

"As of right now we have nothing close to happening," he said. "It's not from a lack of trying. Not necessarily to make major changes, but to make small changes at least." (via WEEI)

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have all been part of trade rumors at different points this season. Rondo was originally rumored to be part of a package to acquire then-New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul and had his name pop up in rumors recently in a possible trade for Pau Gasol. Garnett has been tied to the Atlanta Hawks (for Josh Smith) while reports have pegged Pierce as the likeliest Celtic to be on the move.

Another rumor is veteran C's center Jermaine O'Neal being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for former No. 2 overall pick, Michael Beasley, but O'Neal's wrist injury may put a hamper on that one (if it even existed in the first place). Ainge isn't sure about what he will do with O'Neal, who is contemplating wrist surgery.

"I'm not sure. I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do with Jermaine and what he wants to do," Ainge said. "Jermaine and I have been in constant contact and we'll keep communicating over the next week or so."

Asked if he could trade O'Neal contract, Ainge said that it was "more unlikely than likely." (via WEEI)

The official trade deadline is at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 15.

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Boston Celtics Trade Rumors 2012, Danny Ainge: 'I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do with Jermaine' [O'Neal]

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge talked about the team's trade strategy during an appearance on The Big Show on Thursday (via WEEI.com).

"As of right now we have nothing close to happening," he said. "It's not from a lack of trying. Not necessarily to make major changes, but to make small changes at least."

Overall, Ainge says the roster is in better shape now than in 2003.

"You've got to have some good things go your way to rebuild. We've got some good pieces," he said. "We've got some players still under contract that we really like still on the roster. More than we did in the 2002-2003 era. Completely rebuild, I'm not sure we really need to do that."

Ainge also talked about injured center Jermaine O'Neal. Ainge is not sure what will happen with O'Neal at the moment.

"I'm not sure. I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do with Jermaine and what he wants to do," Ainge said. "Jermaine and I have been in constant contact and we'll keep communicating over the next week or so."

Asked if he could trade O'Neal contract, Ainge said that it was, "more unlikely than likely."

The last part about trading the O'Neal contract is important in terms of the Michael Beasley rumors that had been surfacing at the beginning of the month. According to reports, Boston was interested in shipping O'Neal to the Timberwolves for Beasley.

Boston has until 3 p.m. on March 15, the NBA Trade Deadline, to make any moves.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Prepared To Consider Paul Pierce Trade

With the trade deadline now less than one week away, the rumors are being pumped out at double time. The latest from the Boston Celtics' trade front is that the team is reportedly prepared to entertain trade rumors for the captain, Paul Pierce.

The Celtics are prepared to entertain offers for Paul Pierce, whose subtraction from the Boston core would be the most advantageous to the post-Big Three rebuilding effort given his age (34) and the $32 million he's owed over the next two seasons. And for those same reasons, he'll be the most difficult of Boston's top four players to move. (via Ken Berger/CBS Sports)

Pierce would be a nice fit for any contender, starting or coming off the bench. Pierce has been playing his best basketball of the season as of late, which only bumps up his value. Pierce is averaging 18.3 points, 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 35 games this season.

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Boston Celtics Trade Rumors 2012: Possibilites Abound For Boston

Few teams in the NBA are more difficult to figure out -- both now and for the future -- than the Boston Celtics.

After losing five straight games heading into the All-Star break, the Celtics have rebounded with four wins since and are now just a game and a half back of Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead. Meanwhile, rumors continue to persist around the future of point guard Rajon Rondo, and it appears that virtually every Celtic is on the trading block.

As recapped by the editors over at SB Nation's NBA home, the Celtics have a glaring need in the front court, but little available trade capital to acquire talent. Rondo is by far Boston's most valuable chip, but President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge insists he is not actively trying to trade the 26-year old.

While Rondo continues to flex a dynamic skill set, concerns remain around his attitude and relationship with head coach Doc Rivers. The decision Ainge must make is whether or not to rebuild around Rondo or attempt to unload him now when his value is soaring.

As the March 15th trade deadline nears, the Celtics will undoubtedly be one of the teams worth watching closely.

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Boston Celtics Trade Rumors 2012: Ray Allen Interests Los Angeles Clippers

The Boston Celtics have done their best to stem the tide of trade rumors crashing their way, but not even four consecutive victories can keep the trade chatter from reverberating in Beantown.

According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in acquiring Ray Allen.

Amick labels Allen the most likely to be moved, and that makes sense for a number of reasons: Allen is still productive and playing in the last year of a contract, the Celtics could use Mickael Pietrus as a starting shooting guard for the remainder of the season, and many teams could use Allen's sharp outside touch, even if he has lost a step or two since his prime.

Allen is an attractive addition, especially to contending teams looking for a late-season boost.

But Amick cautions that the Clippers might not have enough assets to deal for the sharp shooter:

But the price is likely too high, as Boston wants a package that includes a young talent and a draft pick. The Clippers don't have the latter component, though, and there's a bit of irony involved as to why.

Their 2012 first-round pick went to Oklahoma City in a deal for point guard Eric Bledsoe, and was then moved to Boston in the trade that sent center Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder. The Clippers also had Minnesota's unprotected 2012 first-rounder, but gave it to New Orleans in the Chris Paul trade.

The Celtics would likely want Eric Bledsoe as part of the package in return for Allen, but the Clippers were reportedly hesitant to include him in a Chris Paul deal.

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Rumors Abound, But Boston Celtics Are Still Finding The Time To Win

Rumors have burst through the doors and captured many inside the Boston Celtics locker room, but the team has done a superb job of putting all of their distractions aside and focusing on the one thing that will stop them: winning basketball games.

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Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Celtics Guard Responds To Trade Talks

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo addressed the lingering trade rumors surrounding him, with reports saying that clashes between him and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers have led to the team aggressively shopping the young star guard. Rondo, who had 14 points and 13 assists in the Celtics' big win over the New Jersey Nets on Friday, says he's used to it.

"It's deja vu," said Rondo, who has been mentioned in numerous trade rumors.

Rondo is in the midst of a career year, averaging 14.2 points and 9.6 assists, which is second in the NBA. Rondo has already recorded three triple-doubles on the year, but that hasn't been enough to quell the trade talks. A recent report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com said that Rondo and Rivers were frequently butting heads, which Rivers denied.

"I don't know where people are getting their information from, but that was big of Doc to come out with a statement," said Rondo. "People are still going to say that me and Doc have problems. Even after Doc made that the statement he's made, people are still going to say what they want to say."

Rondo said that he and team general manager Danny Ainge have spoken recently, too.

"Danny talked to me a couple of days ago, but Danny and I always talk because of all the trade talk with my name in it, about once a week" Rondo said. "The same thing goes with Doc. Our communication has gotten better over the years."

The trade deadline in the NBA is at 3 p.m. EDT on March 15, 2012.

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Celtics Trade Rumors: Could Michael Beasley Be Headed To Boston?

Will Michael Beasley soon be a Boston Celtic?

Fox Sports Ohio and Red’s Army are reporting that the current Minnesota Timberwolves forward is the subject of trade talk between the two clubs. The Celtics would reportedly offer center Jermaine O’Neal for Beasley.

The Timberwolves are interested in moving Beasley because he becomes a restricted free agent at season’s end. Fox Sports Ohio mentions that other teams chatting with Minnesota about Beasley include the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

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Celtics Trade Rumors: Boston Expected To Make A Move Shortly

The clock is ticking with the March 15 trade deadline approaching in the NBA, and the Boston Celtics are expected to make a move within the next two weeks, according to league sources of Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy.

Kennedy wrote on Twitter that the Celtics have been "very active in trade talks." What does that mean? It's unclear, but the four likeliest candidates to be moved are Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Rondo's name has been thrown back into the rumor mill after an ESPN.com report that the Celtics were aggressively shopping the star guard, but Celtics' GM Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers both denied the reports.

Allen is also drawing a lot of interest from teams, according to a report from The Sporting News. Pierce, however, is the likeliest member of the Celtics to be traded, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Garnett, meanwhile, hasn't had any major national talk surrounding him, but he still could be moved, despite his $20 million-plus contract.

You see what I mean. One reporter says this, another says that. Get ready.

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Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Doc Rivers Says 'We Did Not Talk Once About Any Trades' Of Celtics Point Guard

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he spent more than an hour talking with Celtics president Danny Ainge before Wednesday's game against the Bucks. In that time, trading point guard Rajon Rondo did not come up, according to Rivers.

"... In all that time we did not talk once about any trades," Rivers said. "There was not one single thing about Rajon Rondo that crossed my desk." (via ESPN Boston).

Indeed, Rivers says he is not pleased about the rumors that the team is trying to trade Rondo because of the stormy relationship between player and coach.

"My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been," he said. "Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I'm tired of this stuff. It's not fair."

The NBA trade deadline is March 15. As of Thursday, March 1, both Ainge and Rivers have shot down any trade talks concerning Rondo.

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Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Danny Ainge Expects PG To Remain With Boston Celtics 'For A Long Time'

Boston Celtics general manager shot down Rajon Rondo trade rumors on Thursday afternoon, telling the Boston Herald he expects the All-Star point guard to remain in Boston "for a long time."

Ainge also denied a report that he is actively shopping Rondo, saying that the last time he tried to negotiate a deal with Rondo in it came this summer during the Chris Paul trade discussions.

"I anticipate him being here for a long time," the Celtics president said when asked about Rondo's immediate future. ...

"These rumors have never stopped, but I haven't made a call mentioning Rondo's name since last summer," said Ainge. "That was during all of the Chris Paul stuff.

"Now, this time of year you're going to get a lot of calls from other teams," he said. "But that's just normal. I don't anticipate anything happening."

ESPN.com reported Wednesday that the Celtics are fed up with Rondo's attitude and want to rebuild without him, but Ainge said Rondo's relationship with Doc Rivers has never been better.

"Rondo and Doc get along fine," said Ainge. "That doesn't mean there aren't bumps in the road. But I think Rondo and Doc are actually better now than they have ever been. But there are other issues that concern us a lot more than that. There's nothing new to this."

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Lamar Odom Rumors: Would Boston Celtics Have Interest If Odom Is Bought Out?

Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom has left the team for what is being termed "personal reasons," prompting some speculation as to whether the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year is headed for a contract buyout.


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Owner Mark Cuban has strongly denied the speculation, saying there is "no chance" the team buys out the multi-talented lefty. But if Odom does receive a buyout -- which, due to his $8.9 million price tag, was unlikely even before Cuban's strong words -- the Boston Celtics would likely have interest.

"I think so," said CSNNE analyst Donny Marshall. "I think they're looking for another one of those in-between guys. He's one of those guys who can play three different positions."

But Marshall would question whether Odom is in the right frame of mind to help a team.

"If I'm a GM, I'm thinking, 'If he wants to leave that situation, coming from a team that won a championship the year before, and the way they're playing it looks like they're headed back that way ...'

"I'm trying to think of his psyche. Why would he want to leave there and what would make him happy here that he's not getting there? I really don't understand it," said Marshall.

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Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Reportedly 'Aren't Trying To Dump' Point Guard

One day after ESPN.com reported that the Boston Celtics are "aggressively shopping" Rajon Rondo and have decided not to build around the star point guard in the future, the Boston Globe reports that Danny Ainge is not intent on dumping Rondo.


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An NBA source told the Globe that Rondo's name has indeed been mentioned in trade discussions, but the Celtics are not aggressively trying to get rid of him.

ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reported Wednesday that the Celtics organization has soured on Rondo's attitude and plans to deal him rather than build around him. Broussard mentioned Stephen Curry as a target of the Celtics -- according to the reporter, the Celtics tried to acquire the Golden St. guard in December and continue discussions with the Warriors brass.

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Trading Rajon Rondo: Celtics Mulling Over Options To Dump Rondo

Rajon Rondo has worn out his welcome with the Boston Celtics. That's the word from ESPN's basketball insider Chris Broussard, who reports that the Celtics are shopping their championship-winning star point guard.

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Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Celtics 'Aggressively Shopping' Rondo

The Boston Celtics are "aggressively shopping" point guard Rajon Rondo, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard. The feeling in Boston is that the team does not want to rebuild around Rondo because of his personality and repeated clashes with head coach Doc Rivers.


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Boston has already discussed a swap with the Golden State Warriors built around Rondo and point guard Stephen Curry, which the Warriors reportedly balked at. Broussard says that the Celtics front office continues to discuss the trade, although Curry's string of ankle injuries have caused it some hesitation.

Danny Ainge, the President of Basketball Operations for the Celtics, has repeatedly stated his belief that he will always consider moves to improve his team, but denied trying to trade Rondo during the offseason, when speculation swirled he was making a push to acquire then-Hornets guard Chris Paul.

Despite his reasonable contract (three years, $36 million remaining after this year) and successful tenure in Boston, there is hesitation about building around Rondo because of his attitude and style of play. His shooting struggles have long been a topic of conversation in Boston, and many in the area believe he is best suited when flanked by shooters and scorers around him, rather than being the primary offensive weapon on a team.

The Celtics currently stand at 17-17, and seventh overall in the Eastern Conference standings. Some in NBA circles anticipate that Ainge will attempt to trade off many of his veteran assets before the March 15 deadline, including any of the Celtics "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, in an effort to build towards the future.

For more Celtics Trade Rumors, visit our trade stream and blog, CelticsBlog.

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Embracing The Reality: Boston Celtics Captain Paul Pierce May Be Traded

Let's embrace the reality, Boston. Paul Pierce, along with rest of the Big Three, may be nearing the end of his Celtics career. Pierce's name has been tied to many trade rumors lately, and the Celtics' play certainly isn't quieting them.

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Celtics Trade Rumors: Paul Pierce Is Likeliest Celtic To Be Moved

In case you haven't heard, there are trade rumors surrounding the Big Three of the Boston Celtics. Shocking, I know. As the March 15 deadline rapidly approaches, the rumor mill is starting to churn, and the availability of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo has been widely discussed.

According to Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports, Pierce is the likeliest member of the group to be on the move, as he has two years left on his contract and is owed $31 million.

"Pierce is the most likely because he has years left on his deal. Remember, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are free agents at the end of this year. They can just let them lapse off the cap and then take the cap space and go forward with it," said Wojnarowski. (via Celtics Town)

Pierce is in his 14th season with the Celtics and is averaging 17.4 points this year.

For more Celtics Trade Rumors, visit our trade stream and blog, CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Rumors: Lamar Odom Reportedly Seeking Buyout, Eyeing C's

Lamar Odom's time in Dallas may be coming to an end. The former Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers forward is reportedly seeking a buyout from his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report from Hoops Authority, and is interested in joining either the Boston Celtics or New Jersey Nets.

After speaking with a league executive Tuesday night, Hoops Authority has learned that Odom is seeking a buyout from the Mavericks, with his focus set on taking his talents to the Boston Celtics or New Jersey Nets. (via Hoops Authority)

The reports have not been confirmed by any other basketball sources, but it is an interesting thought for the Celtics, who are in desperate need of shaking things up. Odom has averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in his career and is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds through 32 games this season in Dallas.

For more Celtics Trade Rumors, visit our trade stream and blog, CelticsBlog.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Facing Questions Heading Into Deadline

It's crunch time for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching (3 p.m. EDT on March 15), and the Celtics barely hanging onto a playoff spot at 15-17, this team is facing a plethora of questions.

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