Rajon Rondo made his season-debut last Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was introduced as El Cap-I-Tan and everybody was happy.
With that said, it’s time to put a damper on all that. According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, multiple NBA general managers expect the Boston Celtics to trade Rondo at some point this year:
Rajon Rondo is finally back for the Celtics, and now the question becomes how long will he stay in Boston.
Rondo is the last blue chip from the 2008 championship team and 2010 Finals team that Celtics president Danny Ainge can convert into assets as he rebuilds the franchise. More than a few GMs around the league expect Rondo to be on the move, if not at the trading deadline next month, then maybe in June at draft time.
The Celtics have lost nine of their last 10 games and are clearly in rebuilding mode or tanking mode, whichever you prefer, at 14-28 on the season. Last week the Celtics shipped guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Warriors as a part of a three-team trade in which they acquired two draft picks.
Is Rondo next?
Clearly, it won’t be as simple as trading Crawford and Brooks, but it wouldn’t be passed me to hear that they’re at least listening, or willing to listen, to potential offers. After all, do the Celtics honestly view Rondo as the face of their franchise?
My guess is no, but it’s also as good as yours.