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5 Rondo Trades Make the Celtics Legit Title Contenders
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The aging Celtics are in a real predicament entering the 2011-2012 season. As many have speculated, this could be the last stand for veterans like Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Due to the money invested in Allen, Pierce, Garnett and Rondo, the team was only able to add less sexy veterans such as Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox. 

To make matters worse, they recently lost their do-it-all young and promising forward Jeff Green for the season due to injury. What's left is an older Boston team that lacks real depth in this 66 game compressed schedule.  

The current make up of the roster will have a tough time getting past the East's elite (Miami and Chicago). With very few trading pieces, Danny Ainge and the Celtics may be forced to deal their highly touted All Star point guard Rajon Rondo in an attempt to squeeze one more championship season out of the Big Three. In return, the Celtics will need depth (preferably on the perimeter) and a replacement for Rondo. 

Here's five Rondo trades that could swing in Boston's favor for another championship run. 

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