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“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” Ainge said of his point guard, who is signed for three more seasons at $36 million.
Late Wednesday night, as Rondo was on his way to his third triple double of the season in the Celtics 102-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, a story broke that the Celtics were “actively” shopping their talented but moody guard.
Ainge was also quick to squad the part of the report that said Rondo and head coach Doc Rivers are constantly clashing.
“Rondo and Doc get along fine,” he said. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t bumps in the road. But I think Rondo and Doc are actually better now than they have ever been. But there are other issues that concern us a lot more than that. There’s nothing new to this.”
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Ainge said he has not made a phone call involving a Rondo trade since the summer, when the Celtics were in pursuit of now-Clipper Chris Paul. With the trade deadline just two weeks away, Ainge is anticipating his phone to be a busy one, but doesn’t think it will amount to much.
“Now, this time of year you’re going to get a lot of calls from other teams,” he said. “But that’s just normal. I don’t anticipate anything happening.”