|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM|
I really feel for Rondo. I can't imagine how he feels about rumors, year after year it's like walking on egg shells. He's been rumored since the summer of 2009. In 2009 he was rumored to be traded with Ray for Prince and Hamilton. I think the rumors come from a lot of parties. I would have to say Rondo was untouchable in 2011, he was coming off of his amazing run in 2010, and he was arguably the best point guard right then and there. After the Celtics were ousted by the Heat in 2011. The rumors flared up once again when Chris Paul was put on the market.
I do believe Danny flirted with idea to trade Rondo for Paul. Rumors start because someone from the franchise puts it out there in some fashion. Other rumors start from bored writers assuming a team wants to trade a player because they're either "tanking" or they can't keep that said player because their in a small market. Sometimes you just want to throw your hands up. At this point in time. Rondo is a Celtic. He has two years remaining on his contract, and when that deal is up he'll be 29. This could very well be Rondo's last big contract. Danny has two years to basically either build around Rondo, and to show Rondo that he's committed to him, or Danny will have to examine what's best for both parties, while Rondo will examine what's best for his chances at a title as well. These are things that I hate thinking about.
I can't see the future, and I won't pretend to. Sometimes I get the feeling that Danny is closer to Rondo then he was with Paul Pierce. Danny drafted Rondo, and he wanted him badly, and that's why he traded for him in the 2006 draft. He saw something in Rondo, and Rondo returned the favor by becoming one of the greatest draft night steals of all time. Danny has been a big part of Rondo's growth, and through the years, Danny has backed Rondo on a lot of his issues that have been made public with controversy behind it in some way. I want to believe in my heart that Danny wants to commit to Rondo, and that he truly wants to give Rondo a chance.
Remember all those Rajon Rondo trade rumors that popped up pretty much everywhere you looked after the season?
According to Sporting News' Sean Deveney, it was much ado about nothing. A league source told Sporting News that Boston was never serious about trading Rondo, using the word "overblown" to describe the talks between the Celtics and the Pistons.
But while the C's may not be looking to trade Rondo, there are some players on the team they certainly would trade. Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace, both traded to the Celtics in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, are players that Deveney says the C's will shop. Humphries won't be too hard to trade, as he's in the final year of his deal. But Wallace still has three years, $30 million remaining on his contract. Brandon Bass is another player Boston would trade in the right deal.
The Celtics traded former 2012 first round pick Fab Melo to the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday for Donte Greene in what could amount to be a salary dump. Greene's contract is non-guaranteed for the 2013-14 season.
What I find funny? I often see fans wearing a Rondo shirt, or Rondo jersey, but they want the Celtics to trade him so the Celtics can tank. Enough about that. Why would Danny consider trading a star like Rondo? Well, people who want him traded don't respect his gift, and they don't admire his growth. He's gotten better every year, and I know in his first 40 odd games last season it didn't seem like he did. But I can't hold last season against him. It felt like a painting that was stopped by the artist, and stored away in the attic. Maybe Rondo will just start from scratch on the next painting. Some people live day by day, and some people look long term. I think the NBA has become a year by year kind of thing. I just can't wait for Rondo to break out the brush, and to get to work on the next masterpiece.