Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Why Boston Celtics Would Be Foolish Trading Young Star

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2012

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The end of the Big Three era for the Boston Celtics appears to be ending with a whimper and not a bang.

For much of the year now, the talk has been that the Celtics would start trading players and retooling the franchise. I assumed that meant players like Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett would be moved, and the team would move forward by building around Rajon Rondo.

But the team may actually be shopping Rondo instead, a move I feel is foolish at best. Nonetheless, here is the latest buzz from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

Rajon Rondo's future in Boston continues to be a story line as a report last night indicated the team is shopping its point guard and an NBA source said the Celtics are "listening'' to offers.

An ESPN.com report said the Celtics have decided to trade Rondo after his attitude and personality have become too burdensome for the organization. An NBA source told the Globe the Celtics aren't trying to dump Rondo but his name is being mentioned in deals, similar to the way it was when the team made a play for Chris Paul in December.

I understand that Rondo is the team's best trade chip, but I also think the Celtics need to seriously evaluate what their goal is in the next five years.

If they are comfortable with totally blowing things up and rebuilding, then yes, they should absolutely trade Rondo now.

But if they are looking to retool and remain a threat in the East, then they should hold on to Rondo and trade Garnett, Allen and yes, perhaps even Paul Pierce for young pieces and draft picks.

Alongside the potential acquisition of Michael Beasley that has now started to float around the rumor mills, the team could look to build around Rondo, Beasley and whatever young pieces they can acquire.

Talented, young point guards don't grow on trees, and it would be foolish to trade a player you know will produce to begin the rebuilding process.

This is a moot point if the Celtics are able to bring a young star in return for Rondo, but I'm not sure they'll get equal value in return.

If I were the Celtics, I wouldn't give up on Rondo just yet. Just because the Big Three's reign has come to an end doesn't mean Rondo should be a victim of the fallout.


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