A possible trade involving Rajon Rondo and the Detroit Pistons started out as internet fodder but has gained steam in the past few days. MLive’s Brendan Savage kept the rumor train moving on Friday, reminding everyone that the Pistons “have inquired” about Rondo.
On this week’s Detroit Sports Show, Max DeMara and I discussed the possibility of a “Big Three” in Detroit, with Rondo, Andre Iguodala and Josh Smith landing with the Pistons. It seemed like a major longshot at the time — and still does, to some extent, though the Rondo rumors make it slightly more plausible.
One hiccup: Pistons.com’s Keith Langlois says that the Celtics likely would ask for either Greg Monroe or Andre Drummond in a Rondo trade.
That development would give the Pistons substantial pause, and Celtics GM Danny Ainge demanding Drummond probably would kill any talks. Drummond delivered a spectacular rookie season and has to be considered the centerpiece (both on paper and positionally) for the Pistons’ rebuilding project.
They might be able to swallow dealing Monroe, especially if they can come back and add a player like Smith. Monroe’s contract is up at the 2014-15 season and he could be in line for a definite bump in salary.
Here’s more of Langlois on Rondo:
He’s no worse than one of the league’s top 10 point guards, and probably higher than that, in a golden era of point guards. He won’t come cheap. He’s either the centerpiece of a rebuilding effort in Boston or the critical trade piece for an even more aggressive rebuilding. It really will depend on what marching orders Danny Ainge gets from ownership. But if they come to the Pistons for a trade, I think it’s fair to guess that Ainge would ask for one of their two young big men, Greg Monroe or Andre Drummond. As with Granger, mentioned above, the medical report on Rondo’s knee will be critical. The initial reports, after he suffered the ACL tear, were optimistic in that it was a clean and not even a complete ligament tear, which probably means he’ll be back sooner than later.
Rondo would constitute a massive upgrade at point guard for the Pistons, who then could keep Brandon Knight at shooting guard and bring rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope off the bench.
But is Rondo worth Monroe or Drummond?