Rondo 'relishes' chance to be a star in Boston

With the departures of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo is finally the unrivaled headlining star of the Boston Celtics. Inevitably, several reports have surfaced regarding Rondo's future with the franchise.

Some of these reports suggest the Rondo era is over in Boston. Likewise, there has been speculation (the most recent via Mitch Lawrence) that the 6'1 dimer has no interest in being stuck in a rebuilding situation during his prime, and that a trade is imminent.

Despite these reports, a source close to says that Rondo "relishes" the chance to become the face of the Boston Celtics.

This notion would corroborate statements Rondo has made in the past. In fact, just a few months ago Rondo adamantly told reporters he intends to stay in Boston:

"I love it here. The fans are great here. And Danny (Ainge) has been straightforward with me. This is my team. Why would I want to leave? Why would I want out?"

Furthermore, Rondo's contract expires in 2015--a year in which the Celtics are scheduled to be spenders.

With only about 19 million tied up in guaranteed contracts, the Celtics would have the ability to offer Rondo a max contract and supplement him with an elite star via free agency or trades. Moreover, the Celtics have five to six draft picks (some of these are under conditional terms) to put to use during this time as well.

All things considered, the future for the Celtics looks bright. Ainge is clearing cap and stocking picks like they're going out of style. With that being said, I'm inclined to believe that Captain Rajon Rondo's future in green is a foregone conclusion...and I like the sound of that.

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