A Rajon Rondo-Russell Westbrook Swap Makes Sense

By Eddie Santiago
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David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Once upon a time, there were rumors of a trade centered around Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook. That is something both the Boston Celtics, and Oklahoma City Thunder should consider, especially given the state of both teams.

Rondo would fit in perfectly in Oklahoma City; he’s a pass-first player who looks to get his teammates involved first and foremost. He’ll make Kevin Durant even better, which is really scary, and the Thunder would be able to create an offense that’s not just about isolation with their two superstars. Plus, they have young talent on the team to be able to withstand the loss on the offensive end in Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones and others.

With the Celtics, Westbrook would be the unquestioned No. 1 guy. It would bump Jeff Green down to his rightful spot as the complementary scorer and not the lead guy and he’d be reunited with one of his best friends, so they’d have that chemistry already. One thing about Westbrook is that he has that assassin’s mentality, so he would be great in Boston as he plays to the crowd all the time and he would never have to defer to another on-ball scorer like Durant.

It would take more than just a straight-up trade to get Westbrook to Boston. The Celtics could possibly include one of their draft picks this year, and some of the ones they have coming in the future. If Westbrook is moved, maybe Kevin Love, his teammate and roommate at UCLA, would come to Boston as well.

A trade surrounding Westbrook and Rondo benefits both teams; Westbrook gets to be the No. 1 option, and Rondo is put on a championship contending team.

Eddie Santiago is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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