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When you’re at this stage of development and transition, looking for slivers of positives in excruciating losses and expecting to get pounded on a nightly basis with a patchwork roster, the encouraging signs happen off the court.
Such as players being vocal about their desire to stay in Boston past their free agent season. Jerryd Bayless and Kris Humphries have already said they want to be part of the Celtics future, and Rajon Rondo, as coy as he can be about his true feelings and intentions, expressed his desire to spend the rest of his career as a Celtic.
This is no small development. Rondo must have dozens of people whispering in his ear, telling him to hold out until the summer of 2015, when he’s a free agent and can score the contract of a lifetime. It’s easy to summarize that things will never be the same in Boston as they were during the glory days.