Apr 5, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks on during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons beat the Celtics 115-111. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Rajon Rondo "more available now more than ever before"


Maybe Rajon Rondo isn’t the future of the Boston Celtics after all.

According to a report from Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Rondo is sort of available but he’s sort of not. The bottom line is that he’s a little more available than he’s not — if that makes any sense.

But what we’ve been hearing for a while and in more concerted tones here is that Rajon Rondo may be more available now than ever before.

The Celts’ president of basketball operations, as well, dismissed talk of Rondo’s obtainability.

“That’s all speculation,” Ainge said. “Those aren’t facts. People don’t know that, so it’s just people speculating on Rondo’s free agency next summer. That’s all that you’re hearing. You’re not hearing any facts from anybody. Those conversations haven’t even been discussed, so that’s just speculation.”

Rondo is in line to become a free agent after next season, so if he is available, it would be easy to trade him to a team that is willing to take a chance on an All-Star rental, if nothing else.

This report is coming about a week after ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Houston Rockets would “make sure Rajon Rondo isn’t available” this offseason.

I’m not really great at math, but I do know how to put two and two together. It makes sense.

Have the Rockets secretly inquired about Rondo already? Possibly. However, I believe that the more likely reason why Rondo is suddenly, reportedly, becoming available is because it’s the smart thing to do. There’s no logical reason for Rondo to re-sign after next season in Boston, if they’re still going to be a 30-40 win team at best.

Rondo is in the prime of his career and perhaps it’s time that he, and the Celtics, recognize that.

 

 

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