NBA Trade Rumors: Danny Ainge Making Rajon Rondo Untouchable During Free Agency

Stephen ChoContributor IIIMarch 13, 2012

Rondo: "Leave Already!"
Rondo: "Leave Already!"Elsa/Getty Images

It's been about four years since the Celtics last won the championship, and by now the city of Boston is full of questions about the future of the team. When your "Big Three" (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett) are 34, 35 and 37 respectively, it's clear that it's time to start rebuilding, and that is exactly what the Celtics will be doing.

However, in the mix of all these veterans is a young bright spot who's proven he can lead a team—Rajon Rondo. Rondo carries high trade value and is among the top five point guards in the league (not an opinion, a fact), so it would be obvious to get him involved in a trade for the better of the team, right? Wrong.

In a recent interview with Comcast Sportsnet, Celtics' president Danny Ainge made it clear that Rondo would not be leaving anytime soon, or anytime at all for that matter. 

On Monday, a few hours before facing the Clippers, Ainge stated, "Rondo's not being traded. I don't know how many times I have to say it. Rondo's not being traded."

The Celtics are essentially the Spurs 2.0, with the average age of both teams being 27. However, the Spurs, with the help of some great draft picks (DeJuan Blair, Daniel Green, Kahwi Leonard) have started to rebuild, while the Celtics seem to have stayed in place, making meaningless moves like Big Baby for Brandon Bass. 

Ainge has a good idea with where he's going and what the future of the team looks like, and it seems like the rebuilding process is in full effect. With the help of a few standout draft picks and small moves for younger players, this team will be on track to see the Larry O'Brien trophy once again.