Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is alleged to have shown his desire to leave the Celtics recently, but reports today have suggested that he and his agent have countered those claims.
Rondo was the subject of speculation recently in a since-removed video from ESPN that suggested he had told the Celtics he wanted to leave, which was posted on YouTube before being removed.
But according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Rondo and his agent have denied the claims that the star baller wants out of Boston.
"Spokeswoman for Rajon Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, said both men deny that Celtics guard has demanded a trade," Murphy tweeted.
So where did all the talk of Rajon Rondo wanting out of the Celtics come from?
As we have mentioned, a video report from ESPN was the catalyst for this rumor, with reporter Jackie MacMullan at the heart of things.
Trade desire revealed
Talking off the air with fellow reporters on 'Around The Horn,' MacMullan discussed the rumor informally. She did not report the trade demand, but in the clip she said "he's told them he wants out. And no one believes me, but that's the truth."
The clip has since been taken down by ESPN, which suggests that the information was never meant to be published in the first place.
But regardless, the information is now out, and Celtics fans will be eager to find confirmation about whether or not Rondo really wants out.
The quick fire reported comments by Rondo and his agent could have been just a reflex reaction, but for Celtics fans, let's hope that it is a real response of genuine denial over a false rumor.
The 28-year-old will be a free agent next summer, and trade rumors are likely to continue into the fall. The Celtics haven't surrounded him with any real talent that could help him win big. So if Rondo really has asked Boston if he can leave, just like MacMullan accidentally let out, you can't really blame him for that desire.