On Tuesday the Detroit Pistons completed a sign-and-trade with the Milwaukee Bucks that landed them point guard Brandon Jennings and sent Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov to the Bucks. The Pistons had been in the market for a point guard and, with Jennings having not signed up until yesterday, the deal somewhat made sense in that regard.
However, Jennings was not the top prize in the eyes of the Pistons. As pointed out by Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News, the Pistons were heavily interested in Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, but weren’t able to get a deal done. Jennings, although a talented young player, is somewhat of a consolation prize to Rondo.
For the Celtics, though, this likely means that Rondo will be sticking around in Boston this season, at least until talks around the NBA Trade Deadline start kicking up.
After dealing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets on the night of the 2013 NBA Draft, it became abundantly clear that the Cs are blowing thing up and are starting to rebuild their franchise for the future. Though nothing had materialized, those talks brought along a lot of speculation about whether Rondo, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL, would be on his way out of the door, too.
Rondo played in 38 games before his injury last season and averaged 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 37.4 minutes per game while shooting a solid 48.4 percent from the field. Though Rondo is a solid defender and an elite facilitator on the offensive end, he’s still not a great playmaker in terms of his scoring. It’s hard to know how he fits into this Celtics rebuild as a veteran with his lack of scoring ability.
For now, though, it seems pretty clear that Rondo will be a Celtic when he gets back to the floor from his injury. He’ll be able to make plays for guys like rookie Kelly Olynyk with his passing and, possibly, can show some veteran leadership, though he’s widely considered somewhat hard to play with as a teammate. We know Rondo will be around in Boston when the season begins, but we’ll see if that is the case at season’s end.