It's been quiet around the Celtics nation. No new rumors since Danny came out and said that it is possible but improbable that they move up in the draft. And also since a team source said that Rondo would not be traded.
But then again, I take everything that Danny says with a grain of salt. I recall a time right after Danny took over as GM when he said that he had no intention of trading Antoine Walker and then 2 weeks later, Walker was gone. Another time, Danny was talking on WEEI and stated clearly that he had nothing in the works as far as trades and 2 hours later, he made the trade for Wally. I really don't trust a thing he says.
Celtics guard Ray Allen has expressed a desire for a contract extension, league executives say, but that isn’t happening in Boston. … Stephon Marbury(notes) is telling friends he believes that the Celtics want to re-sign him.
… I trust "league executives" slightly less than I trust Danny. I'd love to sign Ray to an extension for 6-7 million a year. Doc has said that they would like to have Marbury back if he tests the waters of free agency and then wants to come back. I would only want him back if he was willing to sign for the vet minimum and also willing to come off the bench and back up Rondo.
Speaking of Rondo, he was on WEEI with Dennis and Callahan. You can listen to the whole interview here. Red's Army has some key quotes from the interview and I found this one to be very interesting:
People are going to make assumptions, everyone has opinions. I try coming to games as late as possible because I don't like hanging in the locker room, talking and waste time...I like to jump right into my gear and play. That's my ritual, that's what I do, kinda like my headband being upside down. We I come to the game I sit in the parking lot for like 30 minutes and think about my game...
As for as attitude wise, I can be stubborn...it's a great trademark for me because I love to compete so much, I love to win, I'm always studying the game....a point guard and coach aren't always going to see eye-to-eye...but at the end of the day Doc and I have a great relationship and we can talk to each other on and off the court. Great players are going to be stubborn at times...you aren't always going to be a yes man or always go with the flow, to be a leader you have to stand up on your own sometimes and do what you want to do...but you gotta stay with the team.
To me, this just tells me that Rondo has a lot of confidence and you want your point guard to have a lot of confidence in his game. I think it would be a huge mistake to trade Rondo. The Celtics traded away a young and talented point guard one time and watched Chauncey Billups lead the Pistons to a championship. The don't want to repeat past mistakes.
Following the Shaq to Cleveland rumors come the Vince Carter to Cleveland rumors. The Nets are looking to cut costs and trading Carter and his two years and $33.6 million would be a good place to start. The Cavs are offering Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic in return for Carter. The Cavs are trying everything they can think of to bring in another star to keep LeBron happy. The San Antonio Spurs are also reportedly interested in Carter. There are rumors that the Cavs new Chinese owners are trying to convince Yao to come to Cleveland for obvious reasons.
Rumor is that New Jersey has offered Devin Harris for the second pick in the draft. Seems like there is an awful lot of interest in that second pick for a draft that is considered weak after Griffin at #1. We've heard rumors of Danny offering Perk and Bill Walker. There are rumors that Minnesota is offering Kevin Love and a pick for the second pick.
Kevin McHale was always one of my favorite Celtics. The length of his arms always amazed me. He was a class act too. Once when I saw the Celtics play in Miami, I followed their bus back to the hotel and the players were all standing around signing autographs and posing for photos. McHale got on his knees for pictures with kids and was really patient with the fans who wanted to talk with him even though I am sure he was tired from the game. Good memories of a great Celtics legend. I hope he lands on his feet and succeeds in life after the Wolves. His unique sense of humor would make him a great broadcaster. Enjoy the memories.