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Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:58 am
  Is Boston trying to move Rondo? Wait, we've heard that story before. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The Boston Big Four could be on the brink of breaking up. (Alliteration!)

There's been a lot of talk of Danny Ainge making some sort of move with one, two or maybe even all of Boston's four core pieces before the trade deadline. The one with the most trade value would likely be 26-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo and the Celtics are shopping him around, according to ESPN Boston:
The Celtics find Rondo's personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers remain an off-court distraction, sources told Broussard, and the front office is now actively pitching him to other teams. With the Celtics realizing they are no longer title contenders, they don't believe his point guard prowess is worth the headaches Rondo brings, sources say. And they do not want to build around him.

In December, the Celtics had discussions with Golden State about a Stephen Curry-for-Rondo deal, and one source says it was Golden State that decided against pulling the trigger. But Curry's recent ankle injuries, which have caused him several problems in his short career, have given the Celtics pause.

The potential trade is still being discussed by Boston's braintrust, but they aren't sure they want to go forward with it. It also isn't clear whether the Warriors would be willing to do it. Other players would have to be thrown in to make it work financially.

There was talk earlier in the season that the Celtics were pursuing a deal for Chris Paul involving Rondo, and another deal that would send Rondo to Indiana. So there's certainly some fire to all this smoke. Ainge is absolutely making phone calls involving his young point guard.

Whether they're just trying to move on, or they want to wash their hands of the headaches Rondo brings, Boston is actively looking to deal. Doesn't mean something is imminent, but it means that March 15 could be an interesting day for the Celtics.

Ainge tried to cover himself for shopping Rondo around earlier in the year saying in January there's a difference in trying to trade a player and trying to acquire one.

"I was not trying to trade Rajon Rondo," Ainge said. "There's a big difference between trying to acquire a player and trying to trade a player."

Potato, potahto.

Rondo is averaging a career-high 14.1 points per game to go along with 9.6 assists and 1.6 steals. It's not his best season in terms of overall production, but he's still an extremely productive All-Star point guard. And someone with a lot of value. If Rondo is indeed dealt, it would signal a change of process for the Celtics. They'd likely be going from a team looking to contend now, to a team looking at transitioning into a new era.

That roster has been built largely on great talent, but also a strong bond in chemistry. The Kendrick Perkins trade tested that, and the Celtics failed. Dealing Rondo would signal that it's a full on shakeup in Beantown.

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:23 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

hey knicks fan, when was the last time you won a championship, youre best player is asian -_- -jeremy lin

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:55 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

It is pretty entertaining how some posters will troll the threads for a team they don't like when their team is doing pretty well, then they disappear for a while when their team stinks and then, when their team starts playing better, they're right back to their trolling ways. Ah, kids....gotta love 'em.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:06 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Celtics?  LMAO.  They're like so 3 years ago.  Why even mention them in an article?   they're terrible. 

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:18 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

I don't know about your trade, but I agree with your assesment of Rondo. I'm always bewildered by fans who don't see this stuff.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:40 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Danny Ainge is the worst thing that ever happened to the Celtics front office. I loved him as a player, but he sucks as a GM. I wouldn't hire him as the athletic director for a high school and yet here he is running the show for the NBA's most storied franchise. I think Ronald McDonald would do a better job and at least he would have the decency to show up as the clown that he is. If your going to consider trading Rondo, you sure as hell need to get a quality PG in return. To do otherwise would be asinine, so that's exactly what I can picture Ainge doing. The Celtics are about to hit the skids for a while again; it might even get as bad as the glory days of the Curtis Rowe - Sidny Wicks era, which is frightening to say the least. If anyone can do it, though, Danny the man can.

Pat "The Prince of Cavendish" Gray
Cavendish, Vermont

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:25 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Maybe Rivers should be focusing on his team rather than his son's right now. Or maybe he thinks he's doing both - wouldn't it be lovely for him to be able to coach little Austin in Boston?

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:39 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

it seems doc rivers is talking outa both sides of his mouth. it is obvious that rivers cannot stand rondo but realizes that he is the future for the celtics. i would get rid of rivers b4 rondo and trade off the older players instead. i dont see the celtics getting full value for rondo in a "hurry-up trade deadline deal". celtics would be foolish to get rid of rondo but as a die-hard all boston sports hater, i hope the celtics pull the trigger.

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:54 am
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:58 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Lakers should pull the deal, World Peace and 2 draft picks for Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:49 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

I hope the Lakers can trade Derek Fisher for Rajon Rondo and then it will be official that the Boston Celtics has an old and deterioting roster.

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