Rondo is a player you can build around, and he's a proven star that knows how to deliver. Plus I don't think we've seen the best from him. Danny has a star, and to squander that would be down right negligent on Ainge's part.
Not only is Rondo’s value at an all-time low after he played just 30 games last season as he made his way back from a knee injury, but he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer, which means there’s little incentive to give up anything of value when he can simply be signed outright at the conclusion of the upcoming season.
The Celtics are aware of this, of course, so even though the team is in a rebuilding situation, it appears ready to ride out at least the first half of the year with its four-time All-Star in place on the roster.
From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:
While the Celtics are trying to figure out ways to clear roster space before training camp, moving Rondo is not a high priority. First off, Rondo will be a free agent next summer and fully intends on taking the LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony tour of teams and extending the negotiation process deep into next summer. It is highly unlikely Rondo would sign an extension this season with an interested team, especially the Sacramento Kings. Second, the Celtics don’t feel pressed to deal Rondo because they are still trying to determine if he’s part of the future and they are intrigued to see him in action a full 18 months following ACL surgery.
I feel confident in my view about Rondo. The Celtics don't need a mega star "Big 3" to win another banner. They need one, and a roster that works well with Rondo and the other star player. That other star player doesn't even need to be a top 5-10 player in the NBA right now. A winning formula can go a long way when you have the right players in place. With the star.. Rondo is that star player. People have forgotten about Rondo, and that's okay. He will show them up. That's who Rondo is, and he's a player that doesn't back down to anyone.