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Kendrick Perkins Says Rondo Wanted Out of Boston


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It’s funny how much things can change in just a few weeks after a trade is made. Former Celtic and current Oklahoma City Thunder center is a close friend of Rajon Rondo and last month when the Thunder visited the TD Garden, he talked about how his former teammate wanted to stay in Boston.

“[Rondo] wants to stay; I think he should,” Perkins said on November 12th. “I think this is a great place for him. I think he wants to stay here. We talk on the regular. I think he should stay. If I was him, I’d stay…but you never know how it’ll work out.”

One month later, Rondo is a new member of the Dallas Mavericks and Perkins has changed his tune about Rondo’s relationship with Boston. In an interview with Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, he actually did a complete 180 on Rondo’s feelings.

“He wanted out, but he would never say that though,” Perkins told Yahoo Sports. Perkins said Rondo expressed his excitement about his trade to the Dallas Mavericks in a brief phone conversation on Thursday. “Going to nice weather, a contender,” Perkins said. “Hopefully, he will do what he got to do in terms of his contract extension. It’s a great opportunity. I’m happy for him. I’m not happy he is in the West, but I’m happy for him. His time was probably up in Boston. He did his due.”

It’s a business in the NBA, and as teams change, attitudes can too I guess. We’ll have to wait to hear from Rondo himself for his full take on the matter. He is expected to be introduced to the media in Dallas on Friday evening.

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