The Celtics are struggling this year. With the emphasis still on Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, age seems to have really caught up with the team.
There is a chance, albeit unlikely, that Boston could miss the playoffs altogether this year. The Celtics currently sit at seventh in the Eastern Conference.
While they still have one of the better defenses in the league, Boston ranks only 26th in scoring. A potential Rondo trade could help bring in a point guard who is more apt to create shots for himself.
Should the Celtics move Rondo, there are quite a few potential suitors. Here are four such teams.
One of the more substantiated rumors had Rondo moving to Golden State with Stephen Curry coming to Boston.
Curry would provide the kind of scoring that Boston needs and is three years younger than Rondo.
However, it looks like the trade is dead in the water for various reasons.
Rondo is a much better defender and overall point guard than Curry, who might struggle in the Celtics' offensive system.
Also, Curry has picked up some ankle injuries, so there is doubt among Celtics management about his health.
The Lakers need a point guard, and the Celtics could use some help on the inside.
To a certain extent, a Pau Gasol/Rajon Rondo trade could solve problems for both teams, while simultaneously ending the trade speculation surrounding both players.
Neither Brandon Bass nor Jermaine O'Neal are exactly dominant in the paint for Boston. Bringing in Gasol would be an immediate upgrade.
Granted, Boston would be losing an All-Star point guard, but the drop from Rondo to Avery Bradley wouldn't be as significant as the jump from O'Neal/Bass to Gasol.
Although the Jazz already have a solid point guard in Devin Harris, they are looking to move him and upgrade at the point.
And, this trade would make a lot of sense for Boston.
If they could move Rondo to Utah and get Harris and either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, it would solve both the dilemma of finding a replacement for Rondo and adding some help for the inside.
With Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter waiting in the wings, the Jazz would be willing to part with either Jefferson of Millsap.
While the reward in terms of inside help wouldn't be as high as Gasol, it would allow Boston to get at least one more player, even if it isn't Harris, who could provide an impact for the Celtics right now.
Back in November, Boston tried to work with Indiana in a three-team deal that would have sent Rondo to Indiana.
The goal for Boston would have been to acquire Chris Paul.
Any Paul trade is obviously out the window, but a trade with Indiana is not.
Indiana has the kind of pieces that could make any potential swap with Boston interesting. While they are probably not getting fair value, the Celtics could receive Darren Collison, Paul George and maybe even Danny Granger—or any combination of the two.
Much like the potential Utah trade, this would allow the Celtics to improve in other areas and make Allen, Pierce or Garnett more expendable to make way for any long-term goals.