Rajon Rondo recently expressed his interest in staying with the Boston Celtics to Sports Illustrated. However, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is notorious for demolishing the Celtics’ roster by the trade deadline every season. Rondo’s name may surface during the season if he doesn’t recover completely or if Ainge is looking to make another major change just to increase his chances at drafting Andrew Wiggins.
If Rondo is available, GM Sam Hinkie and the Philadelphia 76ers should entertain the idea of bringing Rondo on board. He would be immediate help to a team in rebuilding mode, plus there’s no guarantee the worst NBA team will get the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft anyway.
Rondo would be the cornerstone and could attract marquee free agents who might be swayed by the All-Star point guard, and the Sixers’ plans would alter nicely to build immediately rather than wait a few seasons for Wiggins to fully develop into a superstar. No top rookie within the past decade has immediately taken his team to a championship, let alone far into the playoffs. So it would require some patience to get to the promise land.
The Sixers could also move Michael Carter-Williams to the shooting guard position where he could provide scoring rather than playmaking. Carter-Williams struggled on the offensive end in the last game against the Celtics scoring six points, despite dishing out six assists and grabbing six rebounds. Rondo would relieve much of the playmaking, so Carter-Williams could focus on his shooting.
Not to mention, the Sixers have an inexperienced backcourt and could use Rondo’s to help guide them. He can also play defense. He averages 1.8 steals per game his entire career.
Rondo is a pure point guard, and for the past two seasons, he’s been averaging nearly as many assists as points, both are in double digits.
The only issues regarding Rondo is his shooting: 24.1 percent on three-pointers and 62.1 percent on free throws, and his attitude. Plus, the Celtics would be asking for a lot in return, including next summer’s draft pick.
But the move would still be worth it as the Sixers would immediately have two major building blocks, Rondo and rookie Nerlens Noel, who was supposed to be the best player in the draft before tearing his ACL last year.