5 Teams That Should Go All-in on Rajon Rondo Trade

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5 Teams That Should Go All-in on Rajon Rondo Trade
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For a guy who supposedly isn't on the trade block, Rajon Rondo has a real knack for popping up in every rumor, report and unfounded whisper as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

Perhaps that's not so surprising. We—and teams around the league—have learned enough over the years to know the Boston Celtics are always willing to make a move. Plus, from a logical perspective, Rondo doesn't fit well on a team at least a year or two away from serious contention.

So perhaps we can forgive general managers for not putting too much stock in statements like this one from a source quoted by Sean Deveney of Sporting News: 

It really is the same thing, teams call about him but the Celtics want him and he wants to be the leader of that team. It has always been his intention to establish himself in that role, to be part of the rebuilding and to stay in Boston for a long time. Nothing has changed.

A handful of clubs have expressed interest (that we know of) thus far, even though the Celtics are committed to the steep asking price of at least two first-round draft picks, per Sam Smith of Bulls.com.

Everything's negotiable, though. And while we can't dive into every potential landing spot for Rondo, we can run through the squads that should be offering up their firstborn sons for him.

One last thing: Of course teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic should go all-in for Rondo. If you're a team in the early stages of rebuilding, a pass-first point guard who defends and is already an established star is the perfect addition.

But we have to be realistic. Only teams with the assets to please Boston or at least the demonstrated interest in acquiring Rondo get a mention here.

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