Rajon Rondo — perhaps the only certainty on the Boston Celtics right now — knows the circumstances that come with rebuilding. He knows how crucial one offseason can be to the success or failure to one team’s future.
And that one future-carving summer could be this upcoming one for his Celtics — one that Rondo doesn’t know if it’ll pay dividends for the Celtics and/or if he — or the majority of players on the current roster — will survive this crucial offseason period.
Rondo appreciated it when Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck recently said of him, “I love the guy,” but he also heard Grousbeck say there could be “fireworks” this summer, when the Celtics are expected to be active in the trade market as well as hold two first-round draft picks.
Rondo has one year left on his contract after this season, and has already been rumored to be discussed in trade talks. However, the Celtics haven’t heard the deal that they wanted to hear yet, if they had Rondo wouldn’t be a Celtic right now.
You have to think, that come summer, Danny Ainge is going to open his phone lines once again regarding Rondo. But he’s already made it clear that he’s not going to do a deal just to make a deal. He’ll make the smart and right deals when it comes to Rondo or any other player on the Celtics roster for that matter.
“We have to make sure we don’t do deals just to do deals; we have to do the right deals,” Ainge said during his weekly appearance on Toucher & Rich. “Those are a lot harder than most people think or believe or understand. So I’m not making any promises, but we have a busy summer ahead of us. There are a lot of different ways we could go.”
“We’ll start having them once the season ends, because we really can’t do anything until the whole season ends. I think that the groundwork has been laid potentially for some deals this summer, but no guarantees,” he said. “We did our trading at the trade deadline just a month before the trade deadline this year. But we were trying to do those types of deals where we could free up some flexibility and acquire assets, and we felt like we took advantage of a couple of opportunities that would help us down the road. But they happened a month before the actual trade deadline. We still were trying to do another deal or two before the deadline and weren’t able to get it done.”
Not even the “face of the franchise”, Rondo, knows what’s going to happen. After all, he knows that his name was dangled just before the NBA trade deadline passed back in February.
If a big offseason isn’t on the horizon for the Boston Celtics, uncertainty is. That’s for sure.