Over recent history, the Boston Celtics have had a tough time convincing elite free agents to sign with the team. The reasons for this vary depending on who you talk to (the Boston climate certainly doesn't help) but a quick look through Celtics team history shows that most of the team's stars were either drafted by Boston or acquired via trade.
As president of basketball operations Danny Ainge rebuilds the team's current roster, the wide assumption by most Celtics fans is that the presence of Rajon Rondo on the roster would only help in making Boston an attractive destination for players around the league.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, that theory may not be entirely true though. In a Twitter debate with Jeff Clark of CelticsBlog, Goodman revealed a surprising revelation about how some players around the league view Rondo.
I'm the anti- @GoodmanESPN - I'm irrationally against just about any Rondo trade LOL— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) July 17, 2014
@GoodmanESPN because trading our best player gets us out of the lottery?— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) July 17, 2014
@GoodmanESPN I've never seen anything to indicate that players (not named Ray Allen) wouldn't want to play with Rondo? Where's that from?— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) July 17, 2014
@celticsblog From me talking to numerous players around the league.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 17, 2014
Goodman isn't exactly the biggest Rondo fan out there, but he is also a well-connected reporter within the NBA. Still Rondo has built up a strong stable of supporters over his career in Boston amongst stars like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and former head coach Doc Rivers.
Current teammates like Avery Bradley and Phil Pressey also regularly rave about his leadership on the floor and in the locker room so it's hard to put too much stock into this talk without knowing the players involved. Either way, it's a storyline to keep an eye on moving forward.