With one game remaining on the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 season, Celtics president basketball of operations Danny Ainge believes his point guard has produced a successful year, but his career years are ahead of him.
Ainge sat down with Boston Globe's Gary Washburn to discuss the state and future of Rajon Rondo.
“I think Rondo’s going to have a great year next year,” Ainge said. “I think he’s going to have the best year of his career. Watching Rondo right now and watching him develop as a player I feel like he’s headed towards the best year of his career.”
Rondo, who has been absent on back-to-back scenarios this year due to his comeback from an ACL injury he experienced last season, has been extremely active on both ends of the floor after posting a productive season of 11.7 points, 9.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game on the 2013-14 campaign.
The Celtics have a number of players coming off of the books and various trade possibilities, and Ainge recognizes that there is still an unkown who will be in green next year. But one thing is for certain, Rondo is the best player on the Celtics roster. .
“I don’t know who’s going to be in a Celtics uniform," Ainge said. "We have a lot of work to do this summer. I think Rondo is our best player.”
Boston, compared to other teams who really fell off the NBA platform this year, has something going for them. And with another summer to rest and heal from injuries (especially Rondo), the Celtics may journey through a total transformation.
“I think he’s getting there,” Ainge said. “I think a summer of more rehab and a little bit of the extra rest, I really believe he’s going to put the extra time in and that’s why I sort of feel like this was a transition year for him in just coming back."
The Celtics will look to keep on improving the team through the draft, exploring possible deals and progression with their current young players, including Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger.