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Rondo Was Fined For Being Tardy

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Ainge was on WEEI earlier and revealed some interesting info on Rondo from this past year.

On Wednesday, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge revealed on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show Rondo had been fined for being late to games last season. Ainge deemed the tardiness "unacceptable."

Remember, it was just yesterday that Ainge made these comments:

“He showed up late for a playoff game so we’re going to trade him. None of those things is true. We love the kid and we think he’s got a very bright future. I don’t anticipate any trades happening this offseason involving any of our core players.”

“The notion that we might be trading him for some reason other than we think that we could be better or trading any player because of some reason (like) his contract,” Ainge said. “I’ve heard speculation of we’re dissatisfied with him or his attitude. That stuff is so false.”

I'm not sure how serious this is in the grand scheme of things.  Certainly if you put the two quotes together it sounds like they are concerned with his tardiness but not enough to trade him.

But the timing of this revelation is very interesting. Why put this out there now?  Is Ainge setting us up for some big news in the next few days?

I hereby dub this "Tardigate" - feel free to use that.

Update: See more of Danny's comments here.

Update 2: See full transcript here.