After discussing the notion of a Kevin Love trade to Cleveland for months, it was finally done. Now rumors have surfaced that Boston Celtic’s guard Rajon Rondo wants to be traded. The NBA season starts in October and now we have to deal with more trade rumors.
LeBron James got a lot of flak for leaving Cleveland but at least he played out his contract. Players such as Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and just recently Kevin Love have forced their way out of a city before their contracts were up.
There was a behind the scenes video of ESPN’s Around the Horn going around which showed the panelist including ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan discussing Rondo’s intentions of wanting out of Boston. The video has since been removed but here is the transcript:
Frank Isola: Hey Jackie, now that Kevin Love's traded, you know who's next up? Your boy.
Jackie MacMullan: Oh, I hope so. Just get it done.
Isola: Now it's gonna be the Fall of Rondo.
MacMullan: I know it. And it will happen ‘cause he's told him he wants out. And no one believes me, but that's the truth. And I don't see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him. Tell me where. Tell me where. I mean, you know, the Knicks? People keep saying the Knicks. Yeah, well, who are they going to give you? The Kings want him, and the Kings will give you Isaiah Thomas and the big kid, McLemore.
J.A. Adande: They lost Isaiah, the Kings. Isiaah's down in Phoenix now.
MacMullan: Oh yeah, that's right. Yeah, you're right. God, that's right.
Isola: They do want him, though.
MacMullan: Yeah, and they'll give up McLemore. But the thing is, Rondo's already told ‘em flat-out, I will never re-sign with you. So that's no good. Where do you go?
Isola: I wonder, you know — maybe something with Houston and the Brooklyn Nets. Maybe some kind of three-way?
MacMullan: Houston has interest in everybody, right? They always do. But the piece there was supposed to be Asik, and he's gone now. So, I don't know.
Isola: And so is Jeremy Lin. There was talk about Jeremy Lin and Asik. What about a team like Dallas?
MacMullan: I don't know. Does Dallas want him? Who do they give you back?
Isola: We know the coach of the Clippers — I mean, they have Chris Paul, but I don't think he'd ever take him.
MacMullan: He doesn't like Rondo, remember that. I mean, he's done with Rondo. They went a good, long way together, but that guy, Rondo drives him nuts. And they have Chris Paul anyway. They don't need him. I thought maybe Phoenix might be interested because Ryan McDonough knows him, and they've got Bledsoe so maybe that works. Maybe that works, I don't know. But then the Celtics have the same problem, unless they think Bledsoe's worth a max.
The Celtics don’t need to replace Rondo so they don’t need a point guard in return. They resign Avery Bradley and drafted Marcus Smart so their backcourt is set for the future. They also added Marcus Thornton so their guard rotation is set. Rondo should have been moved before the draft. This Celtics roster is not built to win right now but they have plenty of guards.
In the past two seasons Rondo has only played in a total of 68 games. The market for point guards is slim because most teams have a good point or sometimes two decent point guards. Rondo is not a big time scorer or even a decent shooter so it will be hard to find a spot for him.
The Rockets could replace Beverly with Rondo and that will be a slight upgrade. However Rondo pounds the ball which takes it out of James Harden’s hands. Beverly is a way better 3 point shooter; he shot 36% last year while Rondo was at 28%. We all know the Rockets love to shoot 3 pointers. Rondo could be more dangerous in the open court but Beverly is willing to sacrifice his offense and play tough defense.
The Knicks could use a point guard but they should not give up a first round pick for Rondo. He again would take the ball out of Carmelo’s hands but he could set up guys like J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Are the Knicks willing to give big money to Rondo after this season? I don’t think they are and it would be a waste to have Rondo for only one season.
I heard the Lakers name being thrown around but what pieces do they have to acquire Rondo? Rondo is not worth a first round pick at this point in his career because he has been hurt. I don’t think the Lakers need Rondo, Jeremy Lin is a better fit for them because they need to get up and down the floor.
Rajon Rondo would be an upgrade for the Miami Heat but that is another team that has nothing to offer the Celtics. The Pistons have pieces but the Celtics do not want to take Brandon Jennings. Jennings and Rondo could not work together either so it won’t make any sense for either team.
The point guard position is the deepest position in the league. Rondo played with three Hall of Famers and he never took his game to the next level. He can score but he’s not an offensive threat. Look around the league now, most point guards can put the ball in the basket from a distance or they are explosive athletes. Rondo is still a good player but he has to show he is worth a trade.