Blog Entry

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: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:58 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Rondo is a big ego kind of guy, but that's what you need from the starting PG in Boston. I'm not against moving him for a younger 2 or 3, a scoring big guy that plays defense and/or draft picks, but Rondo isn't a bad piece to build around. From the sounds of it though he's giving Doc and the front office a hard time and if that's true I'd trade him before the trade deadline. I'm fine with them trading the whole team away but Pierce. I want him to retire on the Celtics.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:55 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

David Stern will only allow him to go to Miami or Oklahoma City....Or the Clippers.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:50 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

When the Celts won their last championship, Rondo knew his role, distribute the ball.  He didn't look for his shot and he didn't have an inflated ego.   After he wanted to prove he was part of a supposed "Big 4" ... sorry man .. it's "Big 3" NOT 4.  

I have said Rondo is overrated for a while now.  I say this for a few reasons .... 

1.  He has had 3+ years to develop an outside jumper ... and he hasn't, not even close. 

2.  In 3+ years he hasn't improved his FT shooting either ... and for a guy that relies on going to the basket, that is a big problem.

3.  He turns the ball over way too much.

4.  His end of quarter decision making is horrendous.  What I mean by this is he usually waits too long to start the play leaving himself with too little time to get an open look.   By the time he passes, the player receiving the ball is forced to take a low percentage shot ... or if Rondo holds on to the ball, he's forced to take a poor shot as well.  I've seen this time and time again from him and he STILL hasn't improved in this area.

5.  He most certainly has an attitude problem.

Add all this up and what you get is an over-confident and arrogant player who refuses or doesn't have the desire to improve on the areas that could really put him over the top as an elite player.    The fact that he's had 3+ years to do this and hasn't is ridiculous.

What Rondo does very well is run a fast break (but you need Off. Rebounding for this), pass, defend, and rebound .... but his ego has gotten bigger and bigger and that has gotten in the way of his best atttributes.   You can see him trying desperately to put points on the board by taking ill advised shots when he, as the PG, should be concentrating on his number one priority, and that is to PASS the ball.   When he does this, he's extremely effective, he just doesn't want to seem to focus on that as much any more.

Rondo is still a very good player ... but he's not elite, not by a long shot.  

This is Perkins all over again ... and I agreed with dumping him as well ... looking at his stats on the best team in the league, I'd say I was right about Perk as well.   The PROBLEM wasn't trading Perk, it was not getting the right return.

Lets hope Danny doesn't make the same mistake twice.   Curry is NOT the answer.   However, here's a trade that just might work:

Boston trades Rondo AND Ray Allen to Phoenix for Jared Dudley AND Steve Nash.

Why Boston makes this trade:

Dudley is a BC boy .. people love him in this town.   He's a tough defender and can shoot on the perimeter very well.  Best of all, he's signed through 2015 at a very reasonable $4.25 million

Nash is BETTER than Rondo ... and is in the last year of his contract at $11.689 million.   Getting Nash and Dudley would keep the Celts competitive and allow them to make the playoffs still.

Why Phoenix makes this trade:

Rondo could be their PG of the future.  He was drafted their originally, so they obviously liked him even before he had success in the NBA.   Rondo is also signed to a reasonable contract at $10 mill this year .... $11, $12, and $13 mill over the following 3 seasons.

Ray Allen can provide em with what Dudley provided em and is also in the last year of his contract at $10 mill.

What would the Celts do after this year for PG?   Couple of options.   They could resign Nash for a 1 or 2 year deal OR they could try to lure Deron Williams in.  

With the Celts taking KG's $21 mill off the books, and Nash's contract expiring, they could realistically afford BOTH Deron Williams AND ... wait for it ... Dwight Howard .. that's how much cap space the Celts would have to work with.

The starting lineup would be:

PG Deron Williams   SG Jared Dudley  PF Brandon Bass  C Dwight Howard  SF Paul Pierce

And backing them up

PG Bradley   SG E. Moore  PF  Jajuan Johnson  C Wilcox/Steisma  SF Green

Can you say INSTANT CONTENDER ... and it could happen.   BLEED GREEN!!!!

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:50 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

You don't just change people. KG couldn't change Rondo, neither could Paul or Ray or Doc or Bill Russell or anyone else, not his high school coach or his college coach etc. Rondo has emotional issues, plain and simple. He gets upset, frustrated and then sad in that order and it affects his play, sometimes for a game, sometimes for a week. There's nothing logical about what he does, and his behavior doesn't reflect negatively on the leadership skills of those around him at all. There's nothing they can do about it, and the more they try the worse it will get.
 it's not Randy Moss taking off a play, it's not Manny taking a bathroom break. Those guys were well liked by their teamates. Rondo's behavior is negative, if you've watched him for the last few years you probably have a hundred examples of it, from specific plays you saw him decide not to make for weird reasons to him seemingly just getting mad and not trying!  Rondo is Rondo, 35 points, a triple double or 2 weeks of not trying because he misses Perk... good luck to whoever signs him.

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:41 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Boy you must have fallen straight out of the douche tree and hit every branch on the way down, do us all a favor and take a long walk off of a short bridge

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:38 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Rondo is a p.o.s. punkass beeotch

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:31 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Celtics should call Kevin McHale for advise on how to pull off trades that will bring them back to a championship team status. He did it once so I am sure he can help again.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:29 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo


Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:15 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:09 pm

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Blazers should step up and trade for Rondo.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or