Chapter 8: The Rondo trade rumors

Despite a strong playoff performance in 2009, the Celtics were shopping Rondo around

Originally Published: June 8, 2010
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

In the summer of 2009, one year removed from an NBA championship, Rajon Rondo was again the subject of trade talk. But this time, it was quite different than the previous time.

Two years before, the Celtics had resolutely refused to part with their young guard, even if it meant losing out on two future Hall of Famers, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. They got their cake, ate it as well, and won the 2008 championship.

Their title defense fell apart when Garnett injured his knee and ...

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