By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 31, 2014
If the Boston Celtics fail to acquire a perennial player and are forced to continue the rebuilding process, then trading Rajon Rondo should be a priority. Here are five teams who could potentially trade for Rondo this summer.
With their recent name change, the Hornets could use a popular face for their franchise. Who knows if Rondo would sign an extension in Charlotte, but they could offer a package that includes their top-10 pick and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or even Kemba Walker. It would be enticing, but the chance of a deal like this happening is slim.
It was reported that Rajon Rondo was not interested in signing an extension with the Kings, but it is a trade worth taking another look at. Rondo is good friends with Rudy Gay, and DeMarcus Cousins is a talented big man Rondo would have success with. Sacramento could offer a package including their No. 8 pick and Ben McLemore for Rondo.
Detroit doesn't have the draft picks to offer in a deal for Rondo, but perhaps a sign-and-trade for Greg Monroe would be enticing enough. Or a three-way trade that sends Brandon Jennings to the New York Knicks could be a possibility. Why would Rondo pass up the chance to play with his best friend Josh Smith and a young center like Andre Drummond.
The Suns have a lot of assets and cap space to do something big this offseason. They could package up some draft picks, Goran Dragic, Channing Frye and Markieff Morris for Rondo. Then they could sign Carmelo Anthony and re-sign Eric Bledsoe and have a contending team rather quickly.
Sending Rondo to L.A. may shatter the hearts of Celtics' fans, but it could be a smart deal for both teams. The Lakers could offer the No. 7 draft pick and Steve Nash's expiring contract for Rondo. It may not be enough to talk the Celtics to giving up their best player to their rival, but it is an intriguing idea.
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