Rajon Rondo Vows Never to Play for the Miami Heat

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 13, 2013

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 3:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics practices shooting prior to a game against the Detroit Pistons on April 3, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Rondo, who is out for the remainder of the season, underwent ACL surgery in February. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Still recovering from a torn ACL that ended his 2012-13 season in late January, Rajon Rondo isn't quite sure when he'll play his next game for the Boston Celtics.

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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