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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: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:01 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Trade Rondo to the Lakers and they will be a title contender again.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:53 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Yeah, I agree 100. When Boston made the trade for the big 3, I said well they have a 3 year window at best. It's been 5 years (I think), two past the window of success I predicted. I am not a GM, but I would have a move a long time ago. It's good they won a championship. Kudos to Ainge, but that roster is way overdue. Perk was a good fit. Not for OKC though. You can see his flaws. Seems a bit overated now. Not in Boston though. He brought a extra toughness to what they already had instilled. Right now, they look like their age. So, yeah, back to the drawing board for Boston.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:52 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

From a Heat fan perspective:


Trading Rondo will be a bad move for the Celtics. If the rumors regarding Rivers and the point guard are true than I can see the organization having no choice. If not, I see the Celtics being irrelevant in the next 5 years or so.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:50 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

I wish the Magic had the peices to get him. I'd give anything to see Jemeer Nelson shown the door. I'm sure Dwight Howard agrees.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:43 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Trade the only young superstar on the team, and keep the guys on their last legs.  Great idea.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:42 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Ainge might trade away the two youngest and most valuable pieces of the Celtics in two years with Perkins and now move! 

So lets all watch the old farts get older.  Rondo is the only reason to watch the Celtics. 

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:39 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

As a Warrior fan, I would not be opposed to this trade. Rondo has 3 years remaining on his current contract. He knows what it takes to win and will give the Warriors a True PG for Mark Jackson's system. Curry is a solid player when healthy. I do not beleive a backcourt with him and Monte Ellis will win anything more than 42 games a year and that is a stretch.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:37 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

Short of getting Dwight Howard for Rondo - what the heck!!!!!!? Ainge is really dumb.

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:36 am
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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:33 am

Report: Celtics are shopping Rajon Rondo

A pro athlete with an attitude problem? Wow, that's a first! HA!

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