They lost perhaps the most unique player filling the position in the game today. A ball-hawking, rebounding, pass-first player whose concerned with two statistics—Celtics wins and his assist totals.
Suffice it to say, there aren't many other players like him on other rosters, let alone floating around the trade and free-agent markets.
But that doesn't mean that we should expect Boston GM Danny Ainge to simply wallow in Rondo's absence. Not with the blend of championship-experienced veterans and budding, youthful talent remaining on the Celtics roster.
The question isn't if Ainge will make a move to fill Rondo's void, but rather, which direction will he look to make that move? Or even, will he be content to stop at just a single transaction?
The names available to occupy the spot—both in-house and abroad—may not match Rondo's level of intrigue, but they're not bereft of excitement. They just require a more creative approach toward the position than the team could have anticipated facing with a 26-year-old floor general leading the franchise.