Found September 27, 2013 on Celtics Spot:
The Boston Celtics currently rank 27th on Marc Stein's pre-season power rankings on ESPN, flanked by just the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, and Philadelphia 76ers.  Stein released the rankings on Friday and had this to say about the rebuilding Celtics: They have to trade Rajon Rondo. You know it, I know it, everyone in basketball knows it. In the interim, though, hats off to Danny Ainge. By hiring Brad Stevens, he's found a way to keep the Celts riveting for the Boston diehards while he's in the midst of all these tricky rebuilding transactions. Add Stein to the list of people who believe the Celtics need to trade their All-Star point guard.  Rondo's current situation is very tricky. He is still in the midst of his rehabbing process and, after ruling out an opening night return, the Celtics still aren't sure as to when they'll be getting their floor general back. However if he makes his 2013-14 debut in December, he'll have roughly two months to prove that he is 100 percent healthy and capable of making elite contributions. If he fails to return to his pre-injury form, the Celtics might be hard pressed to find a trade partner willing to fairly compensate them for Rondo's services.  Ultimately this is just another man's opinion. Danny Ainge and the Celtics have to make sure they get Rondo back to his pre-injury form before they even begin to entertain the thought of dealing their franchise player.  We'll see if Stein changes his tune on October 28th when his next set of power rankings are due out. Follow @TimMacLean_
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