I don’t think this is a good move for the team either now or for the future, but if the Celtics are going to trade him, they need to get as much value for him as possible.
They can’t just give him away for pennies on the dollar, they need to get a guy who can help them win this year and will set them up for success in the future.
With that being said, here are the best five potential trading partners for Rondo and Boston.
The Jazz need to make a major move if they are going to make the playoffs this year or in the near future. Getting Rondo on their roster would be a great step.
Devin Harris is a good point guard, but he’s not going to get this team to the postseason.
A trade that sends Paul Millsap, Devin Harris and Alec Burks to Boston for Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen would be a good move for the Jazz and would give the Celtics a low post player that they desperately need.
The Blazers could use an upgrade at point guard. Ray Felton hasn’t been producing as well as he’s capable of this year.
Maybe Felton just needs a change of scenery, so trading him and Gerald Wallace to Boston for Rondo and Ray Allen could make sense.
That would let Wesley Matthews start at small forward with Allen at shooting guard. Then, Nicolas Batum could come off the bench and be one of the league’s best sixth men.
And Boston would get a good rebounder in Wallace, something they really need.
Jeff Teague had his moment, but has tailed off significantly lately.
The Hawks and Celtics have already had preliminary talks involving Josh Smith, so maybe they should re-open that line of communication.
A swap involving Rondo and Garnett for Teague and Smith, among others, could work.
If it’s the best offer the Celtics can get, they might as well take it. None of the premier free agents want to play in Boston anyway.
If Dwight Howard ever makes up his mind and decides he actually wants to leave Orlando, the Magic could do a lot worse than Rondo.
If they get Rondo and KG for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, it helps both teams.
Boston might need to get Jameer Nelson or another point guard in the trade, but it could work.
The Lakers are desperate for a good point guard, and there aren’t many out there that are better than Rondo.
Can you imagine how many open looks Kobe would get with Rondo feeding him the ball?
And, on the other hand, Boston could use a guy like Pau Gasol down in the post.
He’s one of the best big men in the game, and that’s something the Celtics have needed since they traded Kendrick Perkins.