Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who played just 30 games during the 2013-14 season after tearing his ACL last January, thanked fans for their support after the team’s worst campaign since 2006-07.
The four-time All-Star lauded the Boston faithful’s loyalty via email, per NESN.com’s Ben Watanabe:
Rondo thanks Celtics fans. pic.twitter.com/bNidL14wMF— Ben Watanabe (@BenjeeBallgame) April 17, 2014
Despite finishing tied for the NBA’s fourth-worst record with the Utah Jazz (25-57), the Celtics finished 14th in attendance with an average of 18,107 patrons, according to ESPN.com. The Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats and Atlanta Hawks all had fewer fans attending games on average despite making the 2014 playoffs.
Rondo’s stats remained relatively constant compared to a season ago, but his shooting efficiency from the field experienced an alarming nosedive.
The former Kentucky standout continued to dish out assists and grab rebounds with regularity, but Grantland’s Bill Simmons—a noted Celtics fan—was, well, less than complimentary of Rondo’s impact.
“He’s been their best tanking asset down the stretch, hands down,” Simmons wrote in an April mailbag. “Nobody else comes close. S----y attitude, sloppy ballhandling, horrific defense, inexplicable decision-making, ugly shooting … he’s doing it all.”
Despite dishing out 9.8 assists per contest—which would have ranked Rondo second in the league if he had played enough games to qualify—Boston finished with a woeful 6-24 record when its floor general was in the lineup.
It was a season to forget for Rondo, the Celtics and their fans. Now the question is whether or not Rondo has played his last game in a Celtics uniform.
Has Rajon Rondo played his last game for the Boston Celtics?
The talented 1-guard was involved in various trade rumors prior to the deadline. Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears reported in February that the C’s had discussions with the Sacramento Kings about swapping Rondo for a package of Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a draft pick. That never came to fruition.
It will be interesting to see if president of basketball operations Danny Ainge rekindles potential Rondo deals. Ultimately, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays in Boston through the 2014 offseason.
He still has a future ahead of him at 28 years old, and the Celtics’ front office wouldn’t be smart to trade him when his stock is at an admitted low point.
If he does get dealt, though, at least Celtics fans know that the ornery floor general appreciated their unwavering support.