From ESPN.com news services:
Danny Ainge didn't leave himself any wiggle room Monday night when the topic of persistent trade rumors involving Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo arose.
"Rondo's not being traded," Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com before the Celtics played the Clippers in Los Angeles. "I don't know how many times I have to say it. Rondo's not being traded."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers met with Ainge for 90 minutes last week, but Rivers said they never discussed a trade involving Rondo. And Rivers said at the time that he was irked by reports that the Celtics were shopping Rondo -- and frustrated that his relationship with Rondo is being cited as one of the reasons Boston is supposedly willing to part with him.
"My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been," Rivers said last week. "Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I'm tired of this stuff. It's not fair."
Ainge said last week during his weekly segment on Boston sports radio WEEI. "He's our best player, he's the most important part of our future. There's no way we're actively trying to trade Rondo. That makes no sense, no logical sense."