Posted February 19, 2013

Report: Celtics open to Rajon Rondo trade?

Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo has one of the best contracts of any superstar in the league. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo is reportedly available in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline, even though he recently suffered a season-ending knee injury and is signed to one of the league’s most reasonable contracts for a star.

ESPN.com reports that the Celtics are “willing to trade” Rondo “in [the] right deal.”

CBSSports.com reported over the weekend that the Lakers and Celtics had discussed a Dwight Howard for Rondo proposal, although Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak quickly shot down that report, according to ESPN.com. Kupchak has repeatedly said that Howard won’t be traded.

Finding the “right deal” for Rondo is difficult. At 26, he has a title to his name, loads of playoff experience and is regarded as one of the premier set-up men in the game and a crafty defender. He’s on the books for $12 million next season and $12.9 million in 2014-15, a very good value which is mitigated by the fact that he will likely miss a significant portion of next season as he rehabilitates from a torn ACL. Rondo averaged 13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game prior to his injury.

Rondo isn’t particularly expendable. The Celtics lack a young point guard waiting in the wings and he’s long represented the next chapter of Boston basketball once veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce head for retirement. While his lack of range, less-than-ideal ability to get to the free throw line, and hot temper are annoyances, but he carried an injury-ridden Celtics to the brink of the Finals last year with several phenomenal postseason performances. Acquiring a starting-caliber point guard in return would seem to be a prerequisite for any deal and it’s unclear why rival teams would swap a healthy point guard for an injured Rondo at this juncture of his rehabilitation.

Taking on Rondo this soon after a major injury would be amount to a major “buy low” move by any interested GMs; Boston’s return would seemingly suffer given those conditions, potentially making it impossible for the “right deal” to come to fruition.

9 comments
jrd4100
jrd4100

This is not news. Every player on every team -- well, on the Celtics team anyway -- is "open" for trading. Because what does that actually mean? It means Ainge will listen to any and all offers, including any that might involve Rondo. So? It was always this way, every deadline, every year.

me1
me1

All people have to do is look at the Celtics record with Rondo playing and without over the last 2 seasons. It isn't an anomaly when it crosses seasons. 

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

You guys are nuts writing this. Your are making this stuff up. Rondo is not going anywhere. Neither is Dwight. 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

In other words Danny Ainge is desperate to alter the mess he has created. A pair of aging, expensive stars in Garnett and Pierce - a pack of lousy draft picks and over paid free agents. So he is trying to pawn off a guy who won't play basketball for a year. Brilliant!

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