Rajon Rondo's trade value isn't what it once was.
Forget about the Boston Celtics trading him for a superstar like Chris Paul. Coming off an ACL injury, his status has never been more uncertain. If the Celtics elect to trade him, they won't be netting a return like they would have a year ago.
Still, Boston might deal him.
With virtually every meaningful veteran already gone, the franchise made yet another splashy move in its rebuilding effort: hiring 36-year-old Brad Stevens as head coach. If Rondo clashed occasionally with Doc Rivers, how will he deal with a guy who has zero NBA experience?
Not to say the Celtics' future hinges on tanking toward the No. 1 pick in next year's draft. It doesn't. But they have entered a time when starting from scratch may prove far more beneficial to their future than anything else.
Teams have already come calling, as reported by Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, and they're not going to stop, prompting the Celtics to consider moving the last cornerstone-worthy remnant of a team that no longer exists.