NBA Trade Rumors: Would the Celtics Move Rondo over Allen and Garnett?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IFebruary 28, 2012

Rajon Rondo.
Rajon Rondo.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

One team that may be looking to make changes to their roster, although currently holding on to the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference, are the Boston Celtics.

A veteran-laden team that needs to add some youth to their roster, the Celtics could possibly be active in making moves that benefit them more in the long-term rather than in the short-term.

Veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are entering the final year of their respective contracts and what the future holds for them is uncertain at this time. The Celtics may receive offers due to their contractual situations (expiring contracts), but may not be able to get younger players in return during the middle of the season.

Point guard Rajon Rondo has been the Celtics most consistent player this season and is continuing to grow into an all-around player, although his shooting needs improving. He has been putting up some amazing statistics, and he will hopefully get better as time goes on.

Currently in his sixth NBA season, Rondo has been averaging 14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Rondo has been the name that has come about in trade talks, and is Danny Ainge serious about trading him so he can rebuild the Celtics sooner rather than later?

First, Rondo’s name was mentioned as a possible candidate to be sent to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul, but Paul was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Rondo was also mentioned in a possible swap for Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, but that was just a rumor.

Although Rondo may allow the Celtics to bring in more assets in a possible trade, the Celtics should not look to move him right now and rather look to move Allen or Garnett first. If a top-tier guard can be had for the right price, then maybe.

However, Ainge should not rush into making a deal, as he should think about the long-term benefits and consequences first.