Originally written on State Of The Celtics  |  Last updated 10/20/14

I'm not sure if you've heard about this or not, but the Celtics really want Chris Paul and they're willing to give up Rajon Rondo for his services. I know, breaking news.

Apparently, Danny Ainge is willing to give up more than Rondo in order to acquire Paul. Much, much more. However, New Orleans doesn't appear to be doing back flips over Boston's proposal. (ESPN)

ESPN.com reported Monday that in addition to the Warriors and Clippers -- New Orleans' preferred trade partners -- at least three teams have told the Hornets that they're willing to trade for Paul without any assurance that he'll extend his contract or re-sign next summer. They are the Celtics, Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, with Boston widely considered to be the strongest bidder in that group despite what sources describe as the Hornets' lukewarm interest to date in the primary players offered by the Celtics: All-Star guard Rajon Rondo and forward Jeff Green.

Another report from SI.com has sources saying that the Celtics have also thrown Avery Bradley, E'Twaun Moore and a top-10 protected 2012 first-round pick into the deal. All this for a guy who won't commit to the Celtics for any longer than 66 regular season games.

I wrote the other day that I would trade Rondo for Paul yesterday, even if Paul didn't sign the extension. Paul's the best player in the deal and that's that. But this is a lot for the Celtics to give up for a rental. If it were just Rondo and Green getting sent over, I'd be fine with that. Jeff Green does very little for me at this point. But when you add in a first-round pick and a 21-year-old point guard that was taken in the first round a season ago who could have a ton of upside, that's when you start thinking that you may be mortgaging your future for a guy who isn't guaranteed to be here any longer than July. I have no idea what will become of Bradley. He could be a star or he could be a massive bust. The 2012 draft pick, like any draft pick, is uncertain. I get that. If Paul were to sign an extension, I would do this deal in a heartbeat. But without an extension, it really makes me weary to give up so much for something so uncertain.

I can understand where Ainge is coming from. Take that last shot at the title. Go for it all right now. Win and maybe Paul stays. Paul stays and maybe Dwight Howard follows next summer. I just don't know if I would be able to pull the trigger on something with so many maybes attached to it.

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