It’s beginning to look like a matter of when, not if the Boston Celtics decide to trade All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. The former Kentucky Wildcats slasher has grown tired of Boston’s rebuilding project, and the Celtics are also preparing for life without him.
They signed combo guard Avery Bradley to a 4-year, $32 million deal, and also spent the 6th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on Marcus Smart, widely regarded as this year’s best point guard prospect.
ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan reports that Rondo’s chances of remaining with Boston through 2015 are ‘nonexistent’, and even says Rondo hopes to be sent to another team.
The writing’s on the wall for Rondo with the Celtics. Given a renewed commitment to Avery Bradley and the drafting of Marcus Smart, the likelihood of Rondo finishing the 2014-15 season wearing green has dipped from “possible” to “nonexistent.” His hope at this point is to be sent to a team that’s rich with scorers and starved for passing — that’s the scenario in which he shines brightest.
There was a report earlier this week that the Houston Rockets planned to come after Rondo. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald shot down those rumors.
In the wake of more reports that Houston again targeted Rajon Rondo, multiple sources confirmed that there has been no such communication between the Rockets and Celtics.
The first clue that there may be no substance here might be that Houston had nothing it possibly would be willing to give up for Rondo that would appeal to the Celts.
According to league sources, Danny Ainge has been pretty firm in the past on his need to get a major player in return for his All-Star point guard, and while the president of basketball operations has to realize Rondo’s impending 2015 free agency may change the game a bit, he is still under no time pressure to pull the trigger.
At this point, it’s hard to see Rondo making it past he NBA Trade Deadline still with the Celtics. They’ll probably make a strong push to trade him prior to the start of the 3014-15 NBA season.
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