Just as fast as the Rajon Rondo/Chris Paul trade rumors began to surface, they were shot down. News broke today that people close to the situation are saying that Chris Paul, if traded, will not sign a long-term contract with the Boston Celtics. A reason why was not given, but age of the core members and location of the franchise could have been factors in his decision.
Now, this could all be gamesmanship from the Paul camp and surely more will come out as the days progress. The Celtics, or any other team, need Paul to sign an extension or the deal will never get off the ground. Rondo is signed to a very manageble four-year deal and can help the Hornets fill the void left by Paul who will most certantly be dealt at some point this season. The Hornets need to get something in return for him and the value of that package will decrease as the season wears on.
Danny Ainge is not afraid to make a deal and has been working the phones trying to get a third team into the mix to help land Paul. With essentially nobody on the Celtics roster beyond Rondo and the Big Three, the Celtics may not have enough to pull the deal off.
Remember, Kevin Garnett once also stated that he would not sign with Boston if dealt in 2007.
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As always, stay tuned and let’s see where this goes.