NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Reasons Why Rajon Rondo Won’t Be Dealt
5 Reasons Why Rajon Rondo Will Stay Put at the NBA Trade Deadline
NBA trade rumors are running rampant at the moment, as we're just days away from the trade deadline. Thursday will mark the final day teams can acquire players without the waiver process, and as always, it's anyone's guess as to what will go down. Some years the deadline is crazy, other years, not so much.
Arguably, the biggest name on the block is Rajon Rondo. It depends on who you ask, but to me, he's the only big name who could realistically be on the move. I know there are rumors about Carmelo Anthony leaving New York, but that just doesn't seem likely to happen.
If a contending team can land Rondo at the deadline, that team's chances of making a run at the Larry O'Brien trophy will go up substantially. Rondo is the best old school PG in the game today. He's not a big time scorer, but he can get to the hoop and distribute the ball with the best of 'em. Simply put, he makes others around him much better.
The asking price for the All-Star PG is said to be two unprotected first-round picks. Presumably, the Celtics would prefer to make a deal with a team near the middle of the pack or near the bottom of the league. Getting two future first round picks from the Heat, is far different than getting two first round picks from the Bobcats.
So with all that in mind, here are five reasons why Rajon Rondo won't get traded at Thursday's deadline. You'll surely hear all the reasons why he'll be dealt in the next 48 hours, but these are the main five reasons why he won't:
Boston Has Another Year Before It Has To Make a Decision
It would be completely different right now if Rondo's contract was up at season's end. But it's not up until the end of next year. This is just more proof why the Celtics won't rush into a deal in 2014.
No Team Will Give Up Two First-Rounders
Two unprotected first-round picks is said to be the asking price for the All-Star PG. Is he worth it? Only for the right team, in the right situation. That situation is 'one piece away' from being able to realistically make a run at the NBA Finals. However, there just aren't many teams willing to give up picks with the loaded 2014 draft class entering the league.
Rondo Doesn't Even Appear to Want Out of Boston
Up to this point, we just haven't heard reports of Rondo wanting out of Boston. People have speculated that he might want out due to the lack of talent around him, but it doesn't seem that he's really unhappy with the Celtics at this point. If he wants to stay, the Celtics would be crazy not to keep him.
There Just Aren't Many Deals That Make Sense for the Celtics
The Knicks want Rondo badly, but so do most teams across the league. There's a big difference in wanting to trade for a player and actually having the assets to do it. The Knicks most certainly don't have the assets to pull a deal off.
He's in the Celtics Long-Term Plans
Above all else, you have to think this is the main reason Rondo will stay in Boston. Simply put, the Celtics want him to be there and they're going to do nearly everything in their power to keep one of the game's best PG's on their roster. For now, I just don't see a trade happening unless a team blows Danny Ainge away with an offer he truly can't refuse.
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