Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. The first major in-season Rondo trade rumor got off to an impressive start this week when word got out of a potential Rajon Rondo for Pau Gasol swap.
While the move does and does not make a ton of sense, it sure did spark some heated debate from both sides.
Danny Ainge denied any such rumors during his regular stint on WEEI this week and we’d expect nothing less. Sure, we’d love for him to get on the radio and tell us the ins and outs of every move he is considering, but that is just not going to happen.
Or is it? Earlier in the week Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak made an interesting/cryptic comment about his team and their potential plans:
“Well, if there were a way for us to get a 25-year-old, All-Star, ball-handling guard we’d love to do it…but that’s not likely in February. So you look at other alternatives and see if it’s better than what you have. That’s all.”
For those keeping score at home. Rajon Rondo is the only 25-year old, All-Star, ball-handling guard in the league.
While the trade is something to ponder, it really does not make sense for either side.
The Celtics need to get younger and more athletic. Without a capable backup point guard, who will lead the offense? A front court of Pierce, KG and Gasol is fantastic on paper, but the Celtics need to have someone that can bring the ball up the court and dictate the pace of the game. Rondo may be erratic at times, but it is his erratic/fast paced offense that sets the tone night after night.
As far as the Lakers, taking Gasol out of their front court leaves the them with Andrew Bynum as their only threat in the post. Bynum is more than capable of being that threat in the post, but his inability to stay healthy, over the course of a season, is a huge red flag.
The Lakers lack a point guard and Rondo can make them even more dangerous with his ability to draw attention away from Kobe Bryant.
Only time will tell if the Celtics are going to deal their only true chip.The trade deadline is fast approaching and the Celtics need to make a decision as to whether they are all in on making a run deep into the post season or if they plan on dismantling the Big Three in preparation for the future.
What do you think?