A rather alarming rumor is beginning to circulate the interwebs dealing with the Celtics and their willingness to deal starting point guard Rajon Rondo, for the right deal.
ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard wrote the following in his blog today:
“While Boston is not shopping Rajon Rondo, it would be open to trading him in the right deal, sources say. The Celtics feel they need more scoring to take the load off Paul Pierce.”
The move would make sense, for the right deal of course. Everyone has a price and no matter how badly you want to keep someone, if the deal makes sense, sometimes you have to pull the trigger. Did you think, heading into last season, that Danny Ainge would trade Kendrick Perkins? Perkins is not of the same caliber of Rondo, but he was a vital cog in the machine and many blame the demise of the 2010-2011 season on his departure. Rondo is a dynamic player, but his erratic and sometimes inconsistent style of play can at times do more harm than good.
The New Orleans Hornets have been named as a possible trading candidate. The move would swap Chris Paul for Rondo. The move make sense on paper, Paul is entering the final year of his deal and can, and most likely will, walk at the end of the season. Rondo has a manageable four years left on his deal and could provide the Hornets with a decent young player in return. In order for the deal to happen though, Paul would need to sign a long-term extension. While the deal makes some sense basketball wise, why would the NBA owned Hornets ship their superstar to the Celtics? You would want to believe that the NBA would want to sell the team with Paul in place since he makes them a little more valuable.
Judging by the calls that have been pouring into sports talk radio, fans are divided on what to do with Rondo. Making a deal for Chris Paul will make the Celtics a better team, however, until a third team gets into the mix, the potential of a deal seems more of just a fun way to shake off the cold of the nuclear winter.
This past season, Rajon Rondo averaged 10.6 points and 11.2 assists per game, while Chris Paul averaged 15.8 points (a career low) and 9.8 assists per game.