|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM|
I believe that Ainge is speaking some truth to this. He's not always the most honest guy, but their are times when he gives hints, or he's being genuine. I think he believes that Rondo is his future. He brought in Stevens thinking Rondo and Stevens would gel, and you can see on the sideline every game. They have something special brewing. I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid from Ainge, but sometimes you have to try to take Danny for his word on some things.
"Rondo is part of our future, we’ve been saying that since the time we made the big trade [with Brooklyn this summer],” Ainge said. “Players of his nature are very hard to acquire. When you see trade rumors out there for quarters on the dollar, you know that’s just a rumor, you don’t believe in that philosophy."
Asked if he's received any calls regarding Rondo's availability this season, Ainge added, "I’ve gotten one call for Rondo and it was a very short conversation. 'Not interested, he’s our guy.' That’s it."
Ainge later offered his weekly update on Rondo's rehab from ACL surgery.
"Rondo’s doing well," said Ainge. "I still don’t have a time[table for] when he’s coming back, but he’s making progress. [The team is] back in town today, he’s been working hard on the road, playing 1-on-1 and mixing it up, light things -- I don’t think he’s gone full speed yet for very long. That’s the next stage, it's 5-on-5, a whole practice, and then it’ll probably be a week, two weeks after he starts that."
I've said in the past that this injury usually has no time table. He'll be back before the year 2014.