If the Celtics are going to dump Rondo, they’d better receive an All-Star knockout player in return. But that scenario is unlikely.
As the clock ticks toward the trade deadline, point guards who remain on the trading block are too risky for the Celtics. Names that are floating around the Boston bench include Indiana Pacer Darren Collison, Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry and New Jersey Net Deron Williams.
Collison is an underdeveloped player. He has potential, but it is not worth putting Boston’s future on the line until we know how well this guy can actually play.
Curry is poised to be one of the NBA’s best—if he stays healthy. The Warriors may offer up Curry before March 15 if they remain concerned about his long-term health. With a bird in the hand in Rajon Rondo, the Celtics would be wise not to take a risk on Curry.
Deron Williams seems like the most viable option of the three, but he drags in attitude problems similar to those that worry Rondo skeptics. The disgruntled point guard has made it well known that he is not pleased in New Jersey.
Further, it seems less likely that Dwight Howard would be enticed to join Williams in Boston—a major upside for advocates of the Williams-for-Rondo trade. The Orlando Magic have been fighting harder than ever to keep their star center, including recruiting talent to prop up Howard.
With the trade deadline impending, the Celtics are at a loss for how to obtain adequate value for their star guard.