Boston Celtics Rumors: 5 Potential Destinations for Rajon Rondo
NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Destinations for Rajon Rondo
With the trade deadline just around the corner, the Boston Celtics' phone will most likely be ringing off the hook for the services of expendable players like Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, Kris Humphries and most notably Rajon Rondo.
A flurry of trade rumors involving Rondo have surfaced in the last couple of weeks. Danny Ainge is currently looking for two unprotected first-round picks for Rajon Rondo coupled with a young player. While the price seems high, some teams may be willing to do it under certain circumstances.
Ainge has also mentioned that he would be willing to take on bad contracts if it meant obtaining rebuilding pieces (draft picks/young players) in return. That may be enough to sway other teams into taking the bait.
It may be impossible for Ainge to attain exactly what he desires, but plenty teams could offer intriguing deals that I hope Ainge will not refuse. It would be in the best interest of the Celtics to part ways with Rondo and move on.
Rondo has been playing terrific as of late, and the rest of the league has taken notice. His trade value should be adequate and enough for Ainge to pull the trigger on a deal. Not only will Rondo help out other teams on the court, but he will certainly draw fans to the arenas and fill the seats.
One factor to consider in regard to a Rondo trade is his contract. He is set to be a free-agent at the end of next season and will be picky in determining which team he wants re-up with. If he is not willing to extend his contract with a certain team, the deal will be off the table.
Hopefully the right deal arises so that Ainge can trade Rondo away by Thursday. However, if a suitable deal does not fall in Ainge’s lap, then Boston can still trade Rondo in the offseason.
Here are five teams that may be able to give significant value in exchange for Rajon Rondo.
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5. Sacramento Kings
Boston Gets: Marcus Thornton, Carl Landry, Isaiah Thomas, 2014 1st Round Pick
Sacramento Gets: Rajon Rondo, Keith Bogans
A trade between Boston and Sacramento has already been rumored, but the latest report is not accurate, considering contracts don't match up and the Kings don't have multiple picks to offer. In this scenario, contracts line up and Boston is even willing to take on Landry's contract. Sacramento would greatly benefit with Rondo at the helm. It would instantly create opportunities for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.
4. Charlotte Bobcats
Boston Gets: John Henson, Ben Gordon, Zaza Pachulia, 2015 1st Round Pick (CHA)
Charlotte Gets: Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green
Milwaukee Gets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 1st Round Pick (LAC via BOS)
The Charlotte Bobcats are soon to be the Charlotte Hornets which will be a major boost in terms of public relations. So obtaining a star-player to headline the Hornets is critical. Rondo happens to be a good fit, and the Celtics could try to throw in Gerald Wallace or Brandon Bass as well. John Henson, who doesn't have to be involved, would look great next to Jared Sullinger. A Hornets lineup with Al Jefferson, Green, Kemba Walker and Rondo is pretty solid.
3. Toronto Raptors
Boston Gets: Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields, 2014 and 2015 1st Round Picks
Toronto Gets: Rajon Rondo
This may be the least likely of the the five trade scenarios. Kyle Lowry has been terrific for the Raptors this season, so why fix something that isn't broken? However, Toronto has shown interest in Rondo and might be intrigued if the Celtics are willing to take on a bad contract like Landy Fields'. Demar Derozan and Rondo may be fun to watch, and Rondo may be able to get the most out of the Raptors' young big guys. Bottom line: Toronto is desperate for a ticket seller.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Gets: Steve Nash, Jordan Hill, 2014 and 2016 1st Round picks.
Los Angeles Gets: Rajon Rondo
Imagine if this trade actually occurred? How would you Boston fans like to see Rondo in a Lakers' uniform? It burns your eyes, huh? This trade makes a lot of sense for both sides. Celtics get solid assets in return while the Lakers finally get rid of Nash and would be able to lure in some big names with a Kobe Bryant-Rondo combo. Also, Rondo would most likely want to stay in L.A. and sign with the team.
1. Detroit Pistons
Boston Gets: Greg Monroe, Raymond Felton, Charlie Villanueva, 2015 1st Round Pick (DET)
Detroit Gets: Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Brandon Bass, Cole Aldrich
New York Gets: Brandon Jennings
Boston would want nothing to do with Jennings, so New York was brought in to make a three-way deal. This may be better if Pistons could get Tim Hardaway Jr., but the Knicks might not be willing to part ways with the rookie. Rondo and Josh Smith would finally play together in Detroit, Boston gets a talented big man in Monroe and the Knicks get an upgrade at the point guard position. This deal would be perfect for all parties involved.