Rajon Rondo Vows Never to Play for the Miami Heat
He did, however, share some insight with the audience on hand for his basketball camp in Kentucky. He knows exactly when he plans to suit up for the Miami Heat: Nevuary 32.
While addressing the crowd, Rondo bluntly declared, "I will never play for the Miami Heat." It isn't entirely clear who was even asking the question, but the news should bring a bit of relief to the Celtics fanbase still reeling from the offseason departures of Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
In theory, a Rondo-to-Miami deal couldn't have previously been completely ruled out.
Despite winning back-to-back NBA championships, Miami isn't particularly strong at the point guard position with Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. With Danny Ainge apparently embracing Boston's rebuilding project in full force, there's been some speculation that Rondo could be the next Celtics mainstay on his way out of Beantown.
He'd even fit well with Erick Spoelstra's defensive-minded approach. With Miami's deep collection of snipers, his next-level court vision could've possibly taken the Heat's offense to even greater heights.
But these are nothing more than projections, and ones that Rondo just emphatically told the basketball world are not worth forming.
If Ainge is considering shopping his All-Star floor general, Rondo did what he could to eliminate one potential trade partner. Maybe Bill Duffy, Rondo's agent, wasn't just working his public relations when he said the point guard was ready to embrace Brad Stevens' Big Three-less Celtics.
Rondo's unnerving competitive spirit doesn't always rub people the right way, but the Boston faithful have to appreciate this semi-show of allegiance.
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