Rajon Rondo: Why the Celtics Should Trade Him

Tim DohertyAnalyst INovember 4, 2011

Many die-hard Celtics fans find the idea of trading one of the most exciting young players in the league absurd. Rajon Rondo has been an elite playmaker and defender for the Celtics over the last few seasons. Since being drafted in ’06, he has maturated as a player, and has had many great moments.

I acknowledge the fact that Rondo is one of the most talented and physically gifted players in the game today. However, if the Celtics are to ever part ways with the talented guard, now is the time.

The window for the Big 3 of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to win another championship together is closing rapidly.  With the age of these three players, and the fact that Garnett is a free agent following the 2011-2012 NBA season, this year is most likely the last shot they have of winning another championship together.

The team’s window may have already closed if you add in the playoff beat-down the team took at the hands of the Big 3 in Miami last year, and that this season may be lost due to the lockout.

The team may have to make a big move if they want to continue being annual championship contenders.

Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are two players the Celtics should seriously consider going after, as both will be free agents following the 2011-2012 season. The Hornets and Magic would be wise to trade Paul and Howard instead of watching them go to another team while they receive nothing in return.

Rajon Rondo is the only piece the Celtics have that either team would be interested in trading for. He is young, a great passer and defender and has been a proven postseason performer.

I believe that Rondo is a very good player who brings a lot of things to the table. Yet his inability to develop an outside jump shot crippled the team at times during last year’s playoffs. Rondo’s pass-first attitude is at many times a good thing, but it has often made him a virtual non-threat in the team’s half-court offense. On far too many occasions last year, it looked as if the team was playing four on five because of Rondo’s inability to shoot from the outside.

Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are elite players that you can build your team around. Howard is the most dominating force in all of basketball, and Paul is a great playmaker and defender who also possesses excellent scoring ability. Unless the Celtics believe Rondo is someone they can build their team around, the team should trade him while his value's at an all-time high.  

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