BOSTON - The Boston Celtics acquired University of Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo and veteran forward Brian Grant from the Phoenix Suns. In return, the Suns will acquire a future first round pick the Celtics acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for swingman Jiri Welsch.
Rondo finished his collegiate career with Kentucky by being named to the Second Team All-SEC as a sophomore by league coaches. He started 62 of 68 career games for the Wildcats, and in his sophomore season led the SEC in assists, averaging 4.9 apg and ranked second in steals (2.0 spg), while averaging 11.2 ppg and a team-high 6.1 rpg. He scored in double figures 17 times, and registered five games with 10 or more rebounds. Rondo was a member of the 2005 USA Men's U-21 World Championship Team which captured a gold medal at the Global Games held in Dallas, and finished fifth at the FIBA World Championships in Argentina. Rondo's 27 steals set a FIBA World Championships competition record. He was a social work major at the University of Kentucky.
Brian Grant played his 12th season this year, appearing in 21 games for Phoenix, starting two. He averaged 2.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 11.8 mpg. In 1998-99, Grant was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in recognition of his outstanding community service and charitable work.