The Boston Celtics have been lurking, surveying the trade waters. Not making themselves too open, nor to closed.
In a way, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has been the savvy veteran during this NBA offseason craziness. He’s been patient and disciplined, all the Celtics could ask for.
“Danny has been very disciplined,” Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said. “He could have made a lot of deals by now, but not for the kind of player we want.”
The hopes of the Celtics is to add a second superstar, or even simply a star, to a Rajon Rondo. And while this offseason hasn’t exactly offered up the “fireworks” that fellow owner Wyc Grousbeck predicted, Pagliuca explains Ainge’s work ethic.
“ ‘Fireworks’ means that Danny is fearless in trying to get something done,” Pagliuca said. “Wyc meant that there would be a lot of activity, and there’s still a lot of time to go. A lot of teams assess what they have and what they need after going through training camp.”
While there were whispers of the Celtics potentially trading Rondo this offseason, all indications point to the all-star point guard staying put in Boston for the time being. Potentially buying time for Ainge to pull some magic out of his hat again, as he attempts to rebuild this Celtics team.
Question is, who blinks first?
Rondo wants a huge contract extension and his contract ends after this season. Will the Celtics offer him an extension, trade him at the deadline (or before) or wait it out?
Or will Rondo make this a whole lot easier on the Celtics and demand a trade? That’s what stars are supposed to do nowadays, right?