Rajon Rondo has been sitting out back-to-backs since returning this season, but an assumption he made just may get him into some hot water with Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. Rondo skipped traveling to Sacramento without the team’s permission to stay in L.A. after the Lakers game to celebrate his 28th birthday.
Ainge: “I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” said Danny Ainge. “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.”
Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald was told that the Celtics are not treating this as a huge issue because Rondo wasn’t scheduled to play in the game anyways, but skipping game-time without team permission is a no go in the NBA.
There is a back-and-fourth between the Celtics and Rondo seemingly as trade rumors and contract negotiations have been speculated the entire season. Rondo said after the deadline came and went that he finds his name coming up annoying and Ainge told media that 20 of the 30 teams in the NBA are happy currently at the point guard position. The Ainge comments suggest that Rondo won’t get a max-value contract by the deadline.
This could be a perfect excuse for Tankapalooza if the Celtics can somehow suspend Rondo for 10 games. Rondo probably wouldn’t go for it as it may decrease his value come contract time if he has image issues, but wouldn’t that be awesome.