NBA Rumors: Disgruntled Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook Should Team Swap

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 1, 2012

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Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo need to switch teams. Both of these supremely talented point guards would be in a better position on the others' team, and the teams would be in a better position because of it. 

ESPN's JA Adande recently wrote a piece about Westbrook's frustration, that became apparent when Westbrook snapped at his teammates during a recent timeout. 

While Adande reported that, "A Thunder source said the altercation amounted to “'nothing at all'” and a source close to Durant said, “'I don’t think it’s that big a deal,'” this should still be considered a sign of bigger problems to come.

As for Rondo, there have been numerous reports of tantrums, including this doozy reported by the Boston Herald, which comes to us via Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk:

According to multiple sources, Rondo’s errors were being pointed out when he arose and began discussing the mistakes of his teammates. Loudly. Using harsh language.

Coach Doc Rivers got up and fired back, and Rondo threw a bottle that shattered the video screen. He bolted from the practice facility and was prevented from returning when he tried later.

That tantrum likely led to Boston already considering this swap. 

Rumors of a Past Trade Proposal 

A month ago, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that, after the playoffs last season, Boston had offered up one of the oddest trade packages you'll ever see. 

What is crazy about this deal was that the two clubs had just swapped Green and Perkins months earlier. Boston wanted to exchange point guards and get a re-do on their previous trade, which is understandable because it was a horrible trade for Boston.  

The Celtics should forget about getting Perkins back, and find a way to swap Rondo for Westbrook. It would be best for both teams and both players. 

Why This Trade Makes Sense

With both players carrying frustration with their current teams, this would give them a fresh start on a new team. 

However, this trade is about far more than swapping bruised egos and spoiled temperaments. These guys would be a better fit on the teams they were going to. 

Oklahoma City needs a point guard that is more content to pass than to shoot at the end of games. Rondo only takes shots late in games when he is wide open. He is wide open because he can't shoot. However, Westbrook is a poor outside shooter as well.

The difference here is that Rondo won't be forcing up shots while he has teammates—namely Durant—better equipped to take the late shots.

Meanwhile, Westbrook would be in a position to become the centerpiece of the aging Celtics. He will be surrounded by players that demand the ball initially, but in a year or two, this offense will be built around Westbrook. That is something that will never happen in Oklahoma City.  


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