According to NBA.com's John Schuhmann, there is a possibility that the Celtics will attempt to make some sort of trade, possibly involving Rondo, prior to the NBA's trade deadline.
"Most rumors regarding the Celtics have been centered on Rondo, who is clearly Ainge's best trade asset. But for the same reasons... he's the player the Celtics should be holding onto tightest..."
This excerpt from Schuhmann's piece is the exact reason why at the end of the day, it's in the best interest of head coach Doc Rivers and the organization to keep Rondo in Beantown.
As valuable of a piece as Rondo can be for this team in the trade market, he has had a season to remember in 2012 and is making his presence felt league-wide.
This season, Rondo boasts three triple-double performances, averaged 13.6 points—three points better than the 10.6 he averaged last season—and a league second-best 10 assists per game. Two of three triple-double performances came following the All-Star break, one of which was the best triple-double posted since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.
Talk about a mouthful.
The argument for dealing Rondo is simple. It is the belief that these Celtics don't stand a chance at an NBA title and are better off rebuilding for the future and giving up hopes on the 2012 season.
Yet despite the ups and downs, the injuries and sicknesses that have sidelined Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on numerous occasions, these Celtics are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and are just two games out fourth place.
They have beaten each of the teams in the East playoff picture that they have faced, with the exception of the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, taking down the East's No. 3 Orlando Magic both times they have faced them this season.
There is no doubt that the Celtics still stand a chance when it comes to competing for a title. As much as they have struggled, this is a team that can still see the light. They trail the Magic by just four games, the same team they beat twice this season.
Not to mention, when the Big Three era ends soon enough, Rondo will eventually become the anchor of this ball club. Rondo is a player with the potential to be the best PG in the game of basketball, and will be able to lead the troops for years to come.
Given that this team still stands a chance, and factoring in that Rondo has had one of the better seasons of his entire career, there is no question that keeping Rondo in Boston is the move that will better this organization in the long run.
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