Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rondo takes night off without team's permission, will meet with Danny Ainge

After last Friday night’s loss to the Lakers, Rajon Rondo was not scheduled to play Saturday in Sacramento, the secod night of a back-to-back and stayed in Sacramento with the team's permission.

Steve Bulpett first reported in the Boston Herald, that Rajon did not travel with the team Friday night, and did not receive official permission to stay in Los Angeles.

Rondo did not want to discuss the matter before Boston took on the Jazz in Salt Lake City Monday night.

“We already talked about it,” said the Celtics’ Captain. “There’s nothing to talk about.” [Boston Herald] 

Many are speculating there may be disciplinary action taken in a form of a possible suspension or fine by the team. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said yesterday that the situation was still being looked into.

“I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” he told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.” [Boston Herald] 

It’s not the first time Rondo has stayed behind since he has been back from ACL surgery. On February 10, on another second night of a back-to-back against the Bucks, he was not set to play and the team traveled without him to Wisconsin. Maybe he was under the assumption he was allowed to have a similar night off for himself, especially since according to a source;

“His wife and kids were with him in LA, and there were some other people who came in. I think he felt obligated to them too, and what they had planned for his birthday.” [Boston Herald] 

Rondo suited up for Brad Stevens Monday and played 33 minutes in a 110-98 loss at Utah. He finished with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting and handed out 10 assists for his fourth double-double in 13 starts. For the time being the team has not released any new developments. We will keep you posted with any new updates.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Rondo will have to wait a week to have a sit down with Danny Ainge. A team source says Ainge has departed on college scouting trip and will not return until next week.

It's been reported that Rondo has told the Herald that he talked with management about staying behind in Los Angeles.

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