Rondo says he wants to stay with Celtics, but 'I want to win now'

June 2, 2014 

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Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) goes up to shoot past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014.


Rajon Rondo told reporters in Boston that while he might test free agency next summer, he'd prefer to remain with the Celtics.

"Yes. I don't like change, really," Rondo said, according to a report on ESPN's website. "I'm pretty comfortable. ... I don't want to leave. It's just part of the process that I'll talk about once the season is over. As of now, I'm a Celtic ... This is home to me, as of now."

Rondo was also asked about what the Celtics need to do in the offseason in order to compete for a playoff spot next season.

"I trust a lot in Danny (Ainge)," Rondo said. "He's turned this thing around before. I have faith in him. I believe in Danny. I think we do need another big-time player. But that's all his job. He's working on that now and I completely have faith in him.

"At the end of the day, I want to win. I want to win now. And I'm sure Danny will have the guys in here that we'll be able to compete for a title. I don't just want to make the playoffs or get to the first or second round. When I compete, or when I make it to the playoffs, I expect to win every time."

More from Rondo: He was asked Monday about meeting up with the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love at Fenway Park this past weekend. Rondo, who said the meeting wasn't planned and that he didn't try to recruit Love to the Celtics, joked:

"No, the only pitch that was thrown I think was (Red Sox pitcher) Jon Lester. He threw out a couple pitches. I didn't pitch anything. I just told him to enjoy his time here.

"I think we'd be a lot better if you add a guy like Kevin. He's a range-shooting 4, he's going to help on the glass — obviously we haven't been the best on the glass the past couple years. ... But this is all speculation. Nothing is happening. Nothing is set in stone."

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