Rajon Rondo: Power Ranking Best Destinations for Celtics Star

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2012

Rajon Rondo: Power Ranking Best Destinations for Celtics Star

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    Rajon Rondo is on the trade block as the Boston Celtics look to make improvements to the team.

    ESPN reports that Rondo is being shopped "aggressively," but it's not a secret or a surprise that Rondo's future might not be in Boston.

    Despite the team previously stating that there were no intentions to deal Rondo, it's become very clear that Rondo could certainly be acquired if the right deal presented itself.

    A phenomenal point guard, Rondo is signed for three years beyond this season (through 2014-15) for just $36 million.

    In a league where a litany of players are overpaid, Rondo's deal is a value.

    Here are five teams that would benefit from a Rondo addition.

5. Golden State Warriors

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    Assuming the Golden State Warriors hold onto Monta Ellis through the trade deadline and look to build around him, bringing in Rajon Rondo makes a lot of sense.

    Back in December, the two teams held discussions centered around a Rondo-for-Stephen-Curry swap, but the Warriors reportedly decided against further pursuing the deal.

    Rondo would be a nice fit for the Warriors, and the speed and athleticism with which Rondo and Ellis could operate in transition would be incredibly fun to watch.

4. Orlando Magic

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    If general manager Otis Smith is exhausting all avenues to keep Dwight Howard with the Magic, there should be substantial discussions with Boston centered around Rajon Rondo.

    A potential pairing of Howard and Rondo could absolutely flourish, and the point guard comes at a controlled price over the next few seasons.

    He would finally give the Magic a capable point guard, and his nature to aggressively attack the basket would do wonders to open up the lane for Howard.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers need a point guard, and Rajon Rondo would be a long-term answer to the consistent struggles at the position.

    Signed for another three seasons, Rondo would finally give the Lakers a player who is capable of facilitating the offense, penetrating the lane and spacing the floor for others.

    Making an aggressive move for Rondo (and pursuing a trade with Boston) might seem odd to some, but he would be a phenomenal fit and would combine to make a dynamic duo with Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.

2. Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Raymond Felton experiment hasn't worked out all that well in Portland, and Jamal Crawford is simply not a point guard.

    What would Rajon Rondo bring to a team with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum? Quite a bit.

    The Blazers have players in Batum, Crawford and Wes Matthews, who are all capable of getting out and running with Rondo. And a small lineup including all four with Aldridge playing inside would create serious matchup problems for the opposing defense.

    Portland needs to shake something up to get the most out of this core, and Rondo's addition would be a welcome one in Rip City.

1. Indiana Pacers

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    The Indiana Pacers should be on the phone right now discussing a Rajon Rondo trade.

    Imagine a starting lineup of Rondo, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West and Roy Hibbert heading into the postseason. That is an intimidating group to face.

    The Pacers are in a good position with cap space and won't be afraid to make a move, and Indiana has some young players who could appeal to Boston if the Celtics decide to bring some youth into the fold.

    This is one team that would have an entirely different outlook in a tough Eastern Conference with Rondo starting at the point.