Reportedly, Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo is expected to return to the lineup on Friday. Maybe.
Rondo sent out this cryptic tweet a few days ago that all but said it:
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014
But is he going to stay on the team past the trade deadline in February?
There were rumors during the offseason – after Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to the Brooklyn Nets – that the Celtics would be wise in trying to trade Rondo. After all, is his trade value going to be any higher than it is right now?
Before Rondo tore his ACL last season, he was arguably one of the top-2 pure point guards in the NBA – he’s a throwback. Heck, his jumper was even getting silkier.
But at this point, wouldn’t you want to see what Rondo could do with this new-look Celtics, or you don’t even want to give Rondo the chance to taint this group of players?
It’s honestly a toss-up. Does C’s management view Rondo as the face of the franchise? Or is it Brad Stevens? Or is it Kelly Olynyk – I mean, he has the hair…
Questions. Questions. Questions.
However, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Celtics may already have their answer:
“Rajon Rondo could be that building block. But he turns 28 in February, has posed chemistry issues in the past and there is an increasing belief among NBA circles that GM Danny Ainge will use him, once healthy, to get multiple assets back. So the chances that he’s the Celtics’ cornerstone moving forward look slim.”
Sounds like Boston may be thinking about it, but where would be the potential landing spots?
Orlando Magic? Houston Rockets? Utah Jazz? Philadelphia 76ers? Not sure what other teams have the “multiple assets” to even table a trade offer.
The Indiana Pacers could if they wanted too; they have a ton of pieces that are pretty attractive to other teams. It’s highly unlikely, but it’s an idea.
Expect the Rondo trade rumors begin to trickle in once he officially returns and looks healthy. Until then, this is all irrelevant.