Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said today that he is not trying to trade star point guard Rajon Rondo, according to ESPN.
“We didn’t leak those rumors and it is unfortunate,” Ainge said. “I am not trying to trade Rondo. I am not”
It was reported by both ESPN and Yahoo! Sports that the Celtics had discussions with the Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Hornets in an attempt to trade Rondo for All-Star point guard Chris Paul. ESPN’s Chris Broussard initially reported Tuesday that the Boston Celtics would be open to trading Rondo, who has served as the Celtics point guard for the past five seasons, for a player that could provide more scoring help to a team that finished in the bottom ten in the NBA in points-per-game in 2010-11.
Last season, Pierce led the Celtics by averaging 18.9 points per game. Following him were Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett who averaged 16.5 and 14.9 points per game respectively. The Celtics, who are built around their trio of NBA veterans, led the league last season with the fewest points allowed.
Broussard also reported that Chris Paul would not be open to signing an extension if a deal were to go through that would send him to Boston, which would make any such deal with the Celtics very unlikely.