Celtics Willing To Trade Rajon Rondo

10:19pm: The Celtics are also talking to the Knicks and the Kings, though the discussions with the Mavs are the most serious, Stein reports. The Mavs would most likely send Wright and at least one first round draft pick to Boston for Rondo, Stein adds.

9:15pm: The Mavericks are serious suitors for Rondo, Wojnarowski reports (Twitter link). Brandan Wright and Monta Ellis are among the players being mentioned who could potentially head to Boston, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com notes (Twitter links). The Rockets have also discussed a potential deal for the point guard with Boston as well, Wojnarowski adds.

4:29pm: According to Chris Mannix of SI.com (Twitter link), word around the league is that the Celtics are the ones making preliminary calls to teams about Rondo. Mannix also notes that the Kings are the team to watch in regards to acquiring Rondo.

4:12pm: The Celtics are showing a renewed willingness to pursue trade packages that include point guard Rajon Rondo, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. According to Wojnarowski, Boston’s front office has left a strong impression with rival organizations around the league that it is prepared to make a deal that includes the veteran guard. Boston has been engaged in discussions described as “serious” in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent, the Yahoo! scribe adds.

Trade discussions involving Rondo have been focused more toward Western Conference teams than with those in the East, Wojnarowski notes. The Celtics’ asking price for the 28-year-old remains “pretty high, probably higher than most want to pay,” one league official told Wojnarowski. Rondo is averaging 8.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 10.6 assists in 31.8 minutes per games this season.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has been consistently shopping forward Jeff Green, in an attempt to secure a trade package that includes a first-round draft pick, Wojnarowski notes. With Boston now seemingly willing to trade Rondo, this would suggest that Ainge is prepared to embark on a full rebuild of the franchise, and perhaps attempt to guide the team toward a much higher spot in June’s NBA draft, Wojnarowski writes.

With Rondo set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and 2014 first-rounder Marcus Smart showing quite a bit of promise, trading Rondo instead of running the risk of losing him for nothing would seem like a wise move on the organization’s part. The Celtics have been hesitant to to commit to the idea of a maximum-salary deal for Rondo, something he will likely be seeking in free agency.

If Ainge is indeed looking at Western Conference teams, the two most likely suitors would probably be the Kings, who were previously said to be interested in acquiring Rondo, and the Lakers, another franchise also known to have significant interest in the point guard’s services. If Boston decides to try and deal with an Eastern team, the Knicks and the Pistons would immediately come to mind as potential suitors, though that is just my speculation.

Leave a Reply

5 Comments on "Celtics Willing To Trade Rajon Rondo"

Notify of
avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Kevin6CD
Guest
Kevin6CD
1 year 9 months ago

Obviously some picks have to change hands, but if the Kings really want Smith and Rondo, here’s how it could work:

link to espn.go.com

Maybe Boston gets a couple future 1st rounders from the Kings? Not necessarily saying this is a fair deal or a deal that would happen, just that these three teams can make salaries match to get a deal done.

Danielle Rennifer
Guest
Danielle Rennifer
1 year 9 months ago

Trailblazers should go after Rondo and Green by packaging Wesley Matthews, Van Cleaver, Joel Freeland, and a draft pick. Lopez, Aldridge, Batum, Rondo, and Lillard is a great starting lineup as Jeff Green is perfectly suited coming off the bench as the sixth man.

123Redsox
Guest
123Redsox
1 year 9 months ago

Why would thd Celtics want cleaver and Freeland? Freeland is a big which is positional need of the Celtics- that I understand . But they can get a better big than freeland

ShadowChronicler
Guest
ShadowChronicler
1 year 9 months ago

I like a trade with the Mavs. So trade Rondo and Green for Ellis, Aminu and a Draft pick. Then Dallas sticks Green at shooting guard. The Mavs would need to trade Ellis regardless because I don’t think he and Rondo would work well together.

Kevin6CD
Guest
Kevin6CD
1 year 9 months ago

Mavs aren’t trading Ellis. Of anybody who plays regular minutes, he’s their highest usage player by a mile and the best shot creator on the team.

wpDiscuz

Get the hottest NBA news and rumors before anyone else! Follow us on Twitter to stay updated: