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Rajon Rondo not discouraged by trade talk

WALTHAM -- In typical Rajon Rondo fashion, he interrupted an interview with Jermaine O’Neal, who was talking about dealing with trade rumors today. O’Neal told Rondo to come through the door of the team’s practice facility and speak for himself. And he did.

Rondo, the subject of more trade rumors the past few days, said he was encouraged by the words of team president Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers, who both said he isn’t on the trade block.

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“I’m doing all right,” he said. “Like they say, it’s part of the business. I’m happy just playing basketball. I’m happy with the guys they have surrounded me with, the coaching staff. Other than that, when I’m on the court I’m just focused on winning and just having fun while I’m doing it.”

Ainge told the Globe yesterday that Rondo’s “been our best player” and he appreciated those comments.

“Danny I think came out with that statement yesterday but Danny and I have talked quite a bit this year and that’s not new news to me,” he said. “I don’t get discouraged when I hear my name in trade talks. I’ve probably been in trade talks since I’ve been here. Obviously this is probably the most attention I’ve gotten as far as being traded during the season. But I was traded to Boston (on draft night 2006). It is what it is.”

Rondo said his relationship with Rivers has been rocky at times but that has changed.

“It’s good to hear (positive words) come from the head coach ... but you never know,” he said. “It depends on who you talk to (in determining my relationship with Rivers). Obviously that was big of Doc to come out with that statement. That meant a lot to me but I know the relationship with have. It’s gotten better each year. Like he said, it’s gotten stronger each year and this is as best as it’s been.”

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