When Rajon Rondo returned from his ACL injury this February, it was pretty evident that he wasn’t anywhere 100%.
Not that anyone expected him to be, of course. Boston Celtics fans may be accustomed to winning, but even the most optimistic member of Celtics Nation knew that Rondo was going to look rusty, and some of us even questioned why the Celtics were allowing him to play at all last season.
Of course, we all know Rajon Rondo is not going to stay rusty forever, and to hear people who know him wax prophetically, it sounds as if he’s primed to have a killer 2014-2015 season - right, Doc Rivers?
Rondo’s going to be great this year. He’s going to be healthy. It’s the following year [after ACL surgery] that you become who you were. So I think Rondo will have a great year. And I think that will be great for the team.
And a healthy Rondo, combined with boy-genius Brad Stevens and a whole of free cap space, will make Boston a major player in free agency during 2015, correct, Doc?
We proved that you could come here, enjoy yourself and win. That’s already been proven. If a player wants to come to Boston, he’s not going to hesitate anymore. Years ago there was a hesitation.
“But with Brad (Stevens) and Danny (Ainge) and Rajon (Rondo), that will be what draws them.
Ah, yes – but the question on most everyone’s mind is, will Rajon Rondo still be with the Boston Celtics during the free agent frenzy of 2015? Specifically, could a strong season by Rondo actually increase the chances that he will be out of town?
The Boston Celtics fans who call me blasphemous every time I use the word “trade” in reference to Rondo will argue that a strong season from the point guard will convince Danny Ainge and the Celtics front office to pay Rondo whatever he asks for once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2015. Assuming Rondo enjoys being the centerpiece of the current rebuild*, 2014-2015 should be the season that convinces the Boston Celtics to keep him on the roster.
(*I’ll deal with the perception Rajon Rondo doesn’t wish to be a part of a rebuild at another time.)
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics are in the middle of a rebuild, and just drafted a young point guard that you may have heard of: Marcus Smart. Boston might not want Rondo to be the center of a rebuild, and a strong season on his part will certainly increase his trade value. Would Rondo actually be punching his own ticket out of town by turning in an excellent rebound season?
Let’s hear what you think, Celtics faithful! Vote, and share your opinions if they are intelligent and civil!!!