Since then, it seems, Rondo has been involved in trade rumors almost nonstop.
At first, he wasn't good enough to be the starting point guard on a championship team. Then he was merely a sideshow to three future Hall of Famers. Then he was a headcase who couldn't keep his emotions in check. Then he was a stat-padder out for individual recognition. Finally, he is a guy who can't lead a rebuilding team or come all the way back from ACL surgery.
Rondo's career has run the gamut of criticisms, and he has been reportedly almost traded countless times.
Yet, he remains a member of the Boston Celtics and the team's captain.
With LeBron James moving back to Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the clouds have cleared for basketball's real offseason period to begin. If the Cavs make a move for Kevin Love, they might trump Boston's package, leaving no clear path to pairing Rondo with another immediate All-Star.
That could put more pressure on Boston to deal its 28-year-old point guard. Sure, it is something everyone east of Berkshire County is sick of hearing, but what would it really mean for the Celtics?