Posted February 25, 2014

Report: Celtics looking into Rajon Rondo’s unexcused absence

The Celtics' rebuiliding plan may not include Rajon Rondo. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Rajon Rondo reportedly did not receive permission to miss the Celtics’ trip to Sacramento. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Celtics are looking into Rajon Rondo’s decision to skip the team’s trip to Sacramento last week, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.

Rondo remained in Los Angeles — reportedly for a birthday celebration — while the Celtics traveled to Sacramento. Rondo, who continues to work his way back from a torn right ACL, was not scheduled to play against the Kings on the second night of a back-to-back, and possibly assumed he was free to miss the trip without obtaining the Celtics’ permission. Rondo previously remained in Boston while the team traveled to Milwaukee for their Feb. 10 game that also was the end of a back-to-back.

Bulpett cites a source who believes Rondo remained in Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday with family members.

“His wife and kids were with him in LA, and there were some other people who came in,” a source said. “I think he felt obligated to them, too, and what they had planned for his birthday.”

Rondo didn’t want to comment on the matter before Monday night’s 110-98 loss to the Jazz. More from the Boston Herald

“We already talked about it,” Rondo said. “There’s nothing to talk about.”

That doesn’t appear to be the case. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said yesterday he is still looking into the situation.

“I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” he told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.”

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Rondo could be fined, or simply told to follow protocol and avoid future misunderstandings, according to the report.


Ainge is trying to trade this guy every other day, and he wonders why he might not give a krap about the team anymore.  Ainge is an idiot, and what is he gonna say to Rondo when he gets back, nothing.  Ainge owes his career to McHale who gave him Garnet for nothing.


The SI. media guys just are not ready to get beyond Rondo.  Before Feb 20 you guys had Rondo going everywhere. Now a night with the family is a cardinal sin with you guys. It is killing you that Rondo is not turning out to be the bad person Doc Rivers said he was. This is a guy who traveled with the team during his rehab when most stay in their hometown or travel. 


@jackgorfin  Not a Celtics fan myself but I think Ainge is one of the better GM's in basketball.  He won a Championship, which is more than 90% of NBA GM's can say.   Also, he absolutely fleeced the Nets out of picks for guys he had no interest in keeping around.  If you look at how NBA GM's view draft picks in today's NBA, he should absolutely trade Rajon Rondo if he can get a couple of 1sts for him.  I don't think he will get more than 1 young, possibly talented player, 1 first, and either another highly protected 1st or a few good 2nds for Rondo,though.  If he gets more, you should be happy as a Celtics fan.