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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: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:43 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

I would love to see Rondo and another member of the big 3 in the Lake show.  I'm curious what they will eventually move him for.  I would love to see a Rocket, Celtric, Laker trade with Gasol & Rondo involved. 

As for why questions on the deal, they don't think with out the Big 3 leadership they can handle the off court issues of Rajon Rondo.  Apparently Doc Rivers can not.  So if you lose the big 3, Rondo runs wild with new young talent being corrupted on the spotlight.  With that a known commodity, how much would someone be willing to trade for Rondo when it obvious hurts his value on the trade market.  I think we are looking at a team who is going to make a legitimate playoff run if a contender can land Rondo. 

I'm really curious to see what the value of Ray Allen and Paul Piece are. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:32 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

As a Knicks fan, I love this. Rondo was their best player and they're not even going to try and build around him? I hope they get somebody they think they can build around or they're just setting themselves back further. Truthfully, I think the only one of the Big 4 that doesnt get traded is Pierce, since he's earned his legend status there. I'm sure plenty of teams will be happy to have Rondo though...

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:31 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

I really don't understand why you would want to get rid of your best player unless it goes back to the way he is in the locker room.  Ya, seventh or eighth place might be the best chance they have to make the playoffs, but if you the celtics are giving up on the season then why not try to get some picks for Allen, Garnett or even Pierce. They are all older and could still bring decent assests back and won't necessarily be in the future. Plus, Point gaurd is the most important position for your team, in my opinion, and really hard to replace someone with his skillset. Its not like they will be bad enough to have a chance at a lottery pick point guard if they get rid of Rondo. If anything he should be the cornerstone player they would want to rebuild around. Just seems odd to me. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:30 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

"I'd tell Boston to take their pick (excluding Dwight and Anderson. Based just on salary we could ship Nelson and QRich straight up for Rondo.?"

Nelson and QRich are not enough for Rondo. Boston would be getting worse at the point and adding an aging wing defender. Gonna take more than that for an All-Star pg...If anything, Anderson would HAVE to be included...

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:27 am
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Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:26 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

If I'm Boston, I trade ANYBODY but Rondo, but...

if they want to trade him...

Send him to the Lakers! Please and thank you!


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:25 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Rondo wasn't really part of the Big 3 anyways imo...we'll trade Jason Kidd for him though so you guys can have the 'Big Old'.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:21 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

I'm with you Crispyone. Rondo (punk that he is) would still be a huge improvement over the overrated Nelson. With his ability to get to the hole and his excellent passing, he'd put this team into the elite category.

Only question is who do we give up? I'd tell Boston to take their pick (excluding Dwight and Anderson. Based just on salary we could ship Nelson and QRich straight up for Rondo. 

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:09 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

if you are no getting a no brainer trade for garnett or allen, why not just let them finish out and have their money come off the books? combined with joniels money it is a lot of cap space to potentially bring in two very good players. having garnett and or allen back a severly reduced rate, at least for kg and a reasonable deal for allen would make the team solid moving forward and keep things going. Havent peopel seen how hard it is to just put starts together and try and win? doesnt always work..letting these guys just go doesnt assure anything regardless of who you bring. what has dwight howard EVER won?? 

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:05 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Amazing how quick people are to bash garnett allen and pierce and defend rondo. No one is saying that they have to remain the main focus of the team, but with teh right young players around them ,they can be useful players and help TEACH new young guys how to win. Rondo is successful BECAUSE of them, not the other way around. and he is too stubborn and too much of a malcontent at times to listen to them or doc rivers. no one is saying to give rondo away. But if you can get an equal player in return and bring the right 2nd big player(hopefully a big man) you can form a smooth transitional bridge to a new era of winning

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