Celtics President questions Rajon Rondo rumors, stresses team's commitment to patience
Celtics president Rich Gotham spoke to the press while volunteering with City Year at a Jamaica Plain elementary school on Friday. Via ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg, Gotham said the following about the Rajon Rondo situation:
The stuff that gets reported in the media, it's out of our control. Sometimes you laugh a little bit, sometimes you shake your head a little bit, sometimes you say, 'Geez, I haven't heard that, I wonder if there's anything there?' But we can't allow ourselves to pay too much attention to that. What's important to us is getting the team ready, and paying attention to media rumors doesn't help us get the team ready.
And on the club's rebuilding:
The franchise, we're committed to being patient as we need to be to get the team to where it needs to go. What you want, most importantly, is to have options. Whether it's developing your young guys and utilizing those draft picks -- and utilizing them well -- and getting guys that can help you hang that next banner. Or it's using those picks and cap space as assets to acquire other players, whether it's via trade or free agency. I think we have all those options available to us, and they'll continue to be available to us for the foreseeable future. And that's really all that you can ask for. You can't be too hasty in trying to make things happen just for the sake of trying to make it happen in order to appease any sense of impatience. You gotta stay true to the process.
These words reflect the same sentiment expressed by owner Wyc Grousbeck earlier in the summer. While the Celtics haven't made any major moves yet, they have kept their options open. For now it's a sound strategy, but eventually they're going to have start taking action.