Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Latest on Pistons and More Interested in Celtics PG

Doc Rivers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were dealt to the Brooklyn Nets.

Will Rajon Rondo be next?

While it remains to be seen if the Boston Celtics would move their star point guard, there is plenty of interest around the league in attaining his services.

We start with the Detroit Pistons’ apparent interest in Rondo. From Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:

The Pistons are quite interested in Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, but they don’t have a package to offer that would attract president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to making a deal. The Celtics would presumably ask for emerging center Andre Drummond, who is as close to untouchable as a younger player can get.

Detroit would like to send the Celtics Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that wouldn’t be nearly enough. Detroit doesn’t have a first-round pick to offer because of the Ben Gordon deal that gave the Bobcats the choice of a Pistons draft pick over the next four seasons

Without question, the Celtics would have to be blown away with a package of young players and draft picks to give up Rondo. It remains to be seen if the Pistons could meet those demands.

Another team that has been linked to Rondo may come as a surprise. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Carmelo Anthony wanted the New York Knicks to make a move for Rondo:

So far, the Knicks are one of a small handful of clubs who haven’t agreed to terms with an outside free agent. Boston is another one. Blame it on the new collective bargaining agreement.

Anthony told friends after the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade to the Nets, he figured the Knicks would make a play for point guard for Rajon Rondo. Anthony believes Rondo would be the perfect piece and would be super motivated in New York to attempt to knock off Garnett and Pierce.

While Rondo would certainly make the Knicks a true threat to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, it’s hard to see what the team could give up in order to land Rondo.

As one of the top point guards in the league, Rondo won’t come cheap. In fact, he probably won’t be traded at all—Celtics president Danny Ainge has already said the team has no intention of trading him.

He was lost for the season in January after tearing his ACL, but he was having an excellent year before the injury, averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game. He had already logged four triple-doubles before tearing his ACL.

The one interesting factor here is whether Rondo will want to play under new coach Brad Stevens on a roster that is clearly being rebuilt. For that reason, teams will continue to monitor the situation, hoping Rondo decides he would like to be moved.

For now, however, it remains far more likely he’ll remain with Boston.


Posted on July 15, 2013, in Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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