ESPN’s Doris Burke has just reported that Rajon Rondo has, in fact, torn his ACL. He will be out for the rest of the season.
The Celtics’ twitter feed has reported that a surgery date is still to be determined.
Again, the reports earlier were that Rajon had suffered from a hyperextended knee in the Hawks game. He had played 45 minutes of action and was in the game until the very end. He participated in the morning shootaround in Boston before the game against the Miami Heat.
The question now is are the Celtics going to blow this team up instead of trying to make another run at a championship. They have a lot of money invested into a lot of players, but they did so with Rondo in mind. Since this team has a record below satisfaction, at 20-23 right now, does Danny Ainge have no choice but to move on from the big three era? We’ll see.
For right now, Boston has a few options, obviously. There are a few point guards in the trade market right now if they want to keep this team together for at least one more season. The Raptors are apparently receptive to trading Kyle Lowry right now. And you’d have to imagine that if a good enough deal came to the play that they’d be willing to trade Jose Calderon as well.
Calderon would be ideal, as he has an expiring contract. It leaves them with wiggle room to either start tanking or try for another championship. They’d have to deal away a few desirable players and contracts. Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, and Jared Sullinger have to all be on the table right now. Everyone is available at this point.
It would be interesting enough if Boston started to tank in order to get a high draft pick. Its possible–we’ve seen this organization do so before. An interesting wild card in this is the prospects of Doc Rivers. The team has underperformed all season long–does he stick around to see the rest of his five year deal out? That’s more than likely. But an unforseen retirement is entirely possible. For a seaosn of blows for the Celtics, that would be just adding one more.