Trading Rajon Rondo is a very real possibility for the Boston Celtics.
Sure, there’s no doubt that Rondo is one of the elite point guards in the NBA. But for a Celtics team entering the rebuilding process, is that talent really worth keeping around?
Given the team’s current circumstances, not so much.
According to ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg, general manager Danny Ainge has refuted allegations that he is shopping Rondo around. However, given his recent track record, those remarks don’t hold too much weight.
If you recall, the 27-year-old point guard is no stranger to these sorts of rumors. His name came up repeatedly in trade talks throughout the 2011-12 season and again in speculation during this past year’s trade deadline.
With the departures of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, it only makes sense that Rondo would be next.
Now, Boston has a new head coach, a roster with only one player over 31 and a one-way ticket to next year’s draft lottery. It’s quite difficult to see where a four-time NBA All-Star point guard in his prime, who can be a bit of a head case, fits into that equation.
The Celtics' best bet, whether they like it or not, might just be to unload Rondo and try and get back some valuable assets to aid their rebuilding process.