Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Credit: ESPN Rajon Rondo’s future in Boston remains far from certain as rumours of trade deals continue to dominate conversation among NBA fans, former players and experts alike. He knows as much as we do that he is now the face of the Celtics and this young team need someone of his All-Star calibre to push this team forward. However, it is apparent the team is going through a ‘managed decline’ right now and Rondo – as much as we love him – would be foolish to stay around the Celtics much longer. Having lost Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce already this offseason, the team don’t have that star quality to push for a playoff place. Brad Stevens is no doubt pleased to have Kelly Olynyk but the Canadian’s arrival cannot make up for our departures. Things certainly look bad for the Celtics. While us fans want to see progression in trades and team, many basketball betting fans have already written us off after six impressive seasons. Of course, sport goes in cycles but now with a new head coach and a lack of star players it’s clear what is happening. The managed decline of the Celtics was always to be expected and Rondo must look around the locker room and wonder why he’s still there. His contract is almost up and Boston won’t give him a maximum salary deal, so for the good of both camps it’s better if he’s traded now. An ambitious GM would keep Rondo, maximise his salary and hope the team step up to his level next season, yet Danny Ainge knows this club now needs a year or two in development. We can all see the tactic Ainge is implementing right now. We know the team cannot sustain its pervious high standards, which is why we’re hauling in the draft picks as players leave. Right now the Celtics have nine first-round picks in the next five drafts, which will come in handy when we record successive losing seasons. Sadly, that’s what many fans of sports betting see happening to this team. We’ve reached our limit and must stop there. That in itself is disappointing, but as fans we should be pleased our decline is being managed so as to maximise recovery in a few years’ time. [A sponsored post from Bet365 by Joe Short.]
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