According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Boston Celtics are open to trading point guard Rajon Rondo. Broussard's sources say that it will take the "right deal," but general manager Danny Ainge is not opposed to a potential deal.
To put it kindly, the Celtics are insane to consider moving Rondo.
Broussard did not expand on the story and offer up information on potential suitors. Even still, one can only imagine that the phones are ringing if this rumor holds true.
One can only hope that Ainge will not trade Rondo, who is leading the league in assists for the second consecutive season.
A reason for the potential trade could be the fact that Rondo was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Jan. 27 (via NBA.com). His final performance came on Jan. 25 when he tallied his fifth triple-double of the season.
Rondo underwent successful surgery on Feb. 12 (via The Boston Globe).
With their floor general out of the lineup, the Celtics have since gone 8-1. This has led some to the belief that Boston is actually better without Rondo in the rotation.
As ESPN's Bill Simmons calls it, the "Ewing Theory."
Erasing Short-Term Memory
As we approach the 2013 NBA trade deadline, Boston's recent string of success has created the illusion that Rajon Rondo is expendable. This comes as a result of Boston winning eight of its past nine games in which he was out of the lineup.
Oh, how quickly we forget the important truths.
Boston started the 2012-13 NBA season at 20-23 and was in the midst of a six-game losing streak when Rondo went down. This led many to believe that changes were needed in Boston as the Celtics were too weak without Ray Allen.
The Boston Celtics made it to Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. They did so with Allen shooting 39.5 percent from the floor and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc in the postseason.
It was Rondo who led them to the brink of the NBA Finals—last season.
It's not as if Rondo is an over-the-hill point guard whose best days are behind him. Instead, he's an elite point guard who has yet to enter his prime.
An elite point guard who is leading his team to the cusp of the NBA Finals.
Expediting the Rebuilding Process
If the Boston Celtics plan to undergo a rebuilding process, Rajon Rondo is not the player to move elsewhere. Instead, Rondo is the player that the Celtics should be building around.
With him, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger already in place, Boston could be one elite draft pick away from another decade of dominance.
Rondo is one of the league's top point guards, regardless of experience. He's widely perceived as the league's supreme facilitator and has proven to be a triple-double machine.
He has 28 career triple-doubles at just 6'1". He led the league in said statistic before his injury in 2012-13.
As for Bradley, he is already one of the more respected defenders at his position. Despite standing at 6'1", Bradley has been giving shooting guards fits since Boston gave him a significant run in 2012.
As for Sullinger, he tallied four starts and five double-doubles before receiving season-ending back surgery.
With this being known, it's rather dumbfounding to learn the Celtics are considering a trade involving Rondo. If a rebuilding process is what they want, it seems more logical to deal veterans who will help teams win right now.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry come to mind.
Even if the Celtics weren't thinking "rebuild," trading Rondo is the last move that they should consider. In a league that is point guard driven, dealing one of the league's few elite is nothing short of nonsensical.
Fortunately, these are just rumors at this stage of the game.