Pistons Trying To Land Rajon Rondo

July 14 2013 at 9:34am CDT By Chuck Myron

The Pistons are interested in acquiring Rajon Rondo, and they'd like to package Brandon Knight and an expiring contract in a deal with the Celtics to get him, as Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe writes in his weekly league roundup. Still, that offer wouldn't come close to prying the point guard from Boston, Washburn notes.

It's not the first time we've heard the Pistons connected to Rondo. Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News said earler this month that the team would likely be at the front of the line if Boston makes its All-Star available, echoing a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that the Pistons have made their interest clear. Celtics GM Danny Ainge insists he won't move Rondo this summer in spite of the departure of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and coach Doc Rivers, the team's other cornerstones.

Rondo, 27, is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in late January, and he seems likely to miss the early portion of this coming season. He's locked up through 2015 on a team-friendly contract that will pay him $11,954,545 in 2013/14. Knight is entering the third season of his rookie-scale contract, and the Pistons have a pair of sizable expiring deals to pair with him. Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey are set to make about $8.5MM each. Detroit isn't planning on using the amnesty clause to get rid of Villanueva, which would allow the team to use him as a trade chip this season.

The Celtics acquired three first-round picks in their trade with the Nets, but Washburn writes that the Pistons couldn't add to Boston's haul of first-rounders. Detroit owes the Bobcats a first-round pick, and the protection attached to it extends through 2016. The Ted Stepien Rule, which prevents teams from trading first-round picks in consecutive seasons, would prevent the Pistons from sending out a first-rounder in one of the next few drafts, but I think they could give up a 2018 or 2019 first-round pick, if the Celtics are interested.

8 thoughts on “Pistons Trying To Land Rajon Rondo

  1. That is a joke brandon knight and expiring deals rondo is worth way more than that how about Drummond knight n siva.

    1. Nice try Chuck. We are talking about a guy that is coming off an ACL injury. Even if he wasn’t hurt, you wouldn’t get Drummond straight up for him. If we take back Wallace’s bad contract, and give you a few expiring, plus a first rounder. That’s plenty. Or instead, you keep Rondo, and probably win 5 or 6 more games and miss out on Wiggins. Have fun with that.

  2. Let’s not overvalue Rondo guys. I agree that he’s worth more than Knight and an expiring, but no way is Drummond going into any deal for him.

  3. Knight, Stuckey, Villanueva, 2014 1st round pick for Rondo, Wallace/Humphries.

    Knight, Monroe, Stuckey, future pick for Rondo, Bradley, Brooks

    1. Knight, Monroe, Stuckey, future pick for Rondo, Bradley, Brooks

      That could work. Moving Monroe would allow them to play Smith at his natural position, too. Although I don’t see the C’s parting with Rondo and Bradley in one deal.

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