Mar 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) eyes a loose ball in front of fallen Brooklyn Nets power forward Mason Plumlee (1) during the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Rajon Rondo Trade Possible? The Paranoid Response!

Earlier, as I was trolling some of our FanSided sites, I cam across a piece entitled “Don’t Be Shocked if Boston Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo.”

Curious, I browsed the post, and was not surprised to discover that it was just another piece that offered more of the same on the Rondo rumors; namely, that there is nothing to actually discuss:

Trading Rondo is something we’ve been hearing about for months and even years, and it hasn’t happened. But he’s running out of years on his contract with the Celtics and they could end up trading him now that the timing is right.

Still, Rondo is a superstar and the Celtics would be without an identity if they traded him. That may be what is needed for this new era, but for now it’s looking like Rondo isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Let me get this straight, then: the Celtics could trade him, but then again, might not?  You can tell it’s the offseason, everyone!

Naturally, then, I moved on and started to do some actual work at my job . . . but then the more I thought about it, and started looking over some of the prospects that the Boston Celtics have been working out lately, I found myself wondering if wheels are starting to turn that will lead the Celtics to the day when they trade away their dynamic point guard.

Do a quick search for the Boston Celtics over at Google News – what do you find?  A handful of articles about Shabazz Napier working out for the Celtics.  He plays point guard, doesn’t he?  Why yes, he does!

Dig a little deeper – who else has worked out for the Boston Celtics?  Marcus Smart – a point guard.  Elfrid Payton – a point guard.


 I’ve seen Trader Danny Ainge at work for far too long to be naive: that man is up to something! I just don’t know whether it involves Rondo or not.

Now look – I know that the Celtics are working out an awful lot of players.  The team is in a rebuilding phase, and with the sixth pick in the draft, I’m sure Boston wants to snag whichever player the front office feels is the best player still available.  However, with a young point guard who showed flashes of brilliance in Phil Pressey and another combo guard in Jerryd Bayless, drafting another point guard in this year’s draft can mean one of only two things:

1. The Celtics are planning on trading Phil Pressey; or

2. The Celtics are planning on trading Jerryd Bayless; or

3. The Celtics are planning on trading Rajon Rondo.

Given the fact that Rondo is set to become a free agent in 2015, and obviously has more trade value than Pressey and Bayless combined, number three is the far more likely option.

So says the paranoid worrier inside of me.

Right now, none of this means anything at all.  There are too many scenarios that the Boston Celtics currently have to plan for, so trying to predict anything with certainty is useless.  Still, I’ve seen Trader Danny Ainge at work for far too long to be naive: that man is up to something!

I just don’t know whether it involves Rondo or not.


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