Key in Stevens Hiring: Rondo on Board

Key in Stevens Hiring: Rondo on Board

In the wake of the Boston Celtics' hiring of coach Brad Stevens, a conventional wisdom cropped up: There was no way, it was said, that a college coach from Butler, one whose playing career topped out at DePauw, was going to be able to get a handle on Rajon Rondo. Either the Celtics would look to trade Rondo quickly, or Rondo would start pushing for a trade.

That conventional wisdom, though, is not particularly wise.

Before Stevens' hiring, a source close to Rondo told Sporting News that the All-Star point guard was excited to come back and be the anchor for the new-look Celtics. And as Stevens was being introduced to the Boston media on Friday, that source confirmed that Rondo is just as excited to be part of the Celtics now as he was before the Stevens hire was made.

"It doesn't change anything," the source confirmed.

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