The Boston Celtics are open to trading Rajon Rondo
Back before the NBA Lockout began and turned off almost every non-diehard NBA fan in the World, the Boston Celtics were involved in rumors that could have sent All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to many different places around the NBA. These seem to come up every NBA off-season because Rajon Rondo is the Boston Celtics only real trade-able asset. Since his contract is so low (about $11 million a year) and he is such a talented player, there are many teams, especially the penny pinchers who feel they can contend, who would love to have Rajon Rondo on the roster. When the lockout started, the rumors went away.
Now that the lockout is over (ending), guess what that means? New Rajon Rondo trade rumors!
Coming on the heels of yesterdays news that the Boston Celtics are pursuing free-agent center Tyson Chandler , ESPN Insider John Hollinger tweeted that a potential target for New Orleans Hornets point-guard Chris Paul could be the Boston Celtics. In order to acquire Chris Paul, the Celtics would need to make a trade and I’m guessing the Hornets wouldn’t be willing to accept the pu-pu platter of a Glen Davis sign and trade and Jeff Green. Besides, the Boston Celtics already have a point-guard. What reason would they have to pursue Chris Paul? It’s not like Danny Ainge is willing to trade fan favorites for other players (oh wait he totally is).
Well, enter Rajon Rondo trade rumors, courtesy of ESPN’s basketball reporter extraordinaire Chris Broussard.
While Boston is not shopping Rajon Rondo, it would be open to trading him in the right deal, sources say. The Celtics feel they need more scoring to take the load off Paul Pierce.
You know what a right offer would be? Well actually their would be two right offers. One would be Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and the other would be the aforementioned Chris Paul?
I love Rajon Rondo to death. I love watching the way he plays the game with reckless abandon. How he sees angles that nobody else can, how he stuffs the stat-sheet with points, rebounds and assists and how he is one of the (if not best) on ball defenders at the point-guard position.
But Rajon Rondo is the evolutionary Jason Kidd. He has the ability to eventually develop a jump-shot, but there is no guarantee. Chris Paul, on the other hand, is the evolutionary Isiah Thomas who is quite possibly the second best point guard of all time behind Magic Johnson.
I know Celtics fans (and Boston fans in general) love their own, but if the Hornets called the Celtics tomorrow and said “Paul for Rondo”, do the Celtics say no? Even better question, if the Celtics called the Hornets and made the same offer, what would be the Hornets response? I’ll guess that the Celtics would think about it for a second before saying yes and the Hornets would laugh and hang up the phone. Facts are facts. Chris Paul is the best point guard in the game because he is a more efficient scorer than Rondo and Rondo is the third or fourth best depending on where you rank Deron Williams. Facts are facts.
I guess a trade would be the call that the Celtics are “giving up” on Rajon Rondo and that they aren’t going to wait and see how he developed by himself during the off-season. For me, if a trade like this happened, I would be sad that it happened but ultimately would be okay with it.
That’s how you know the trade is a success.