Danny Ainge insisted on Monday that the Celtics do not currently plan to move All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.
“The calls are coming in, the calls have not been going out,” the Celtics president of basketball operations said. “I think that the assumption is that, [given] what we are trying to accomplish, the reports are such that maybe the assumption is that we’ll give away any of our players.
“We have had calls. On Jeff [Green], on Courtney [Lee], on Brandon [Bass], on Rondo, on Jared [Sullinger], on our draft pick, Kelly [Olynyk]— there’s been calls for all those guys. And maybe the assumption is we are just changing everybody. But we’re not.”
It’s still the Celtics’ goal to have Rondo, who’s recovering from surgery that repaired a partially torn ACL in his left knee, ready by training camp in the fall.
“Opening day is a goal of his and ours, but there’s no certainty in any of that,” Ainge said. “We think things are going really well, and that’s still a good goal to have.”
Ainge also said the Celtics are not looking to add anyone through free agency.
“As a matter of fact, we have too many players,” Ainge said. “We have logjams at power forward and center and shooting guard. We have a lot of guys potentially, if things continue as they are. I think that our job is to try to clean that up through the summer.”
The Celtics stand to acquire Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, and Keith Bogans from Brooklyn in that massive deal for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry that won’t become official until after July 12.
But as part of their roster-trimming efforts, the Celtics cut swingman Terrence Williams Sunday. Williams was on a nonguaranteed contract, as are forwards Shavlik Randolph and D.J. White.
But though Ainge said that the calls have been coming in, not out, he did admit that he made a courtesy call to Dwight Howard’s camp to see if the All-Star center would be interested in coming to the Celtics through a sign-and-trade deal.
No surprise, the answer was no.