Realistically, the timeline could be significantly smaller than that, especially if the floor general has started his own trade clock as has been reported.
During an off-air segment of ESPN's Around The Horn (via Deadspin's Samer Kalaf), ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan offered what sounded like a very definitive take on Rondo's eventual exit.
"It will happen because he's told them he wants out, and no one believes me but that's the truth," MacMullan said. "And I don't see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him. Tell me where."
Both Rondo and his agent, Bill Duffy, have refuted the report, according to the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy. And earlier this summer, the 28-year-old seemed content to stick with the Celtics going forward.
"I don't like change, really," Rondo told reporters in June. "I'm pretty comfortable. I have a beautiful home here, I love it. I don't want to leave. I'm a Celtic."
Obviously, these two takes put Rondo's situation under very different lights. But when there's smoke from a reliable source like MacMullan, there is often fire. And when there's an expiring $12.9 million contract for a 25-win team, there are always swirling trade winds.
If Rondo's feeling on rebuilding with Boston is closer to MacMullan's insider view than his own public stance, he may well be on the move during the 2014-15 season. If he is, these are some of his best potential landing spots.