We are officially two days away from the trade deadline, Hardwood Houdini readers, and the NBA trade rumors are heating up, as
According to Steve Bulpett over the Boston Herald, the Celtics have fielded calls regarding Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Jeff Green and Kris Humphries. As of right now, there are no ongoing talks in discussion, but two things are clear: the Boston Celtics have parts that people want, and Danny Ainge is primed to take advantage of any team desperate enough to make him an offer he cannot refuse.
The two names I am currently hearing the most chatter about are Rondo and Sullinger, two players that I think the Celtics would be foolish to deal. While no player on the Celtics is considered untouchable, I have read nothing that would lead me to believe that Jared Sullinger is going anywhere. He’s young, he’s a beast, and he is clearly someone the Celtics can and will rebuild around.
Rondo, on the other hand, apparently does have a price – rumors have him being dangled for either two unprotected first-round picks, or a first-round pick and a promising young player – and as steep a price as that is, there is at least one team that appears to be weighing the pros and cons of making such a deal.
That team? According to this source, it’s the Toronto Raptors. Seems the Raptors, currently sitting atop the Atlantic Division, have been engaging in talks regarding their point guard Kyle Lowry, who is set to become a free agent this summer. In an effort to secure a replacement at the point, and to up their “star quotient,” the Toronto GM Masai Ujiri is interested in seeing if he can swing a deal with Trader Danny for Rondo.
Frankly, I don’t think Toronto has what it will take to convince Ainge to send Rondo across the border, and besides, I ‘m always wary of trading within the division. It was one thing to ship aging players such as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to division-rivals Brooklyn, but Rondo is still a player in his prime. He could help to make the Raptors a force for years to come, so would Danny Ainge really want to have a hand in helping the Raptors become Boston’s biggest rival in the Atlantic Division?
Two days, and countless rumors and scenarios to go! I’ll keep listening; you keep checking back in with me!