|Posted by Ron Leyba on December 3, 2013 at 1:25 AM|
The answer to the question whether Rajon Rondo should or should not be traded away from the Boston Celtics is not easy to answer. Certainly, it’s not a yes or no-type of answer and there are lots of things in the background to examine, before deciding if this is a good move or not.
First of all, Rondo’s current injury issue makes has slightly dropped his value, even if that doesn’t make much sense. A torn ACL is a mysterious injury and many times it takes an extended period of time for players to fully rehab from it. Some even don’t get back to their 100 percent. Hopefully, Rondo gets back and performs like he did prior to his injury. However, for now, potential suitors have something to be skeptical about and a good reason to push his price down in a potential deal.
On the other hand, if the Celtics decide to trade Rondo away, this means they are committing to a full-scale rebuild. In that case, they will most probably try to pack also one of the big contracts they have in papers for the next seasons. Gerald Wallace and his $10.1 million contract is the strongest candidate while Courtney Lee, who is owed $5.2 million this season is another one. Trading one of these two players away will give the C’s a big cap relief and will boost their chances to acquire solid pieces for the next few seasons. But which team will be willing to receive Wallace or Lee together with Rondo?
The first question might be which team can actually do that. We should, of course, keep in mind that the target for Boston, if they trade Rondo, will most probably first-rounders or young players with lots of potential, players around which the team can build. There are not many teams interested in acquiring a 27-year old point guard, who is coming off a severe ACL injury and they are also able to give back the assets the Celtics want to receive in exchange.
The New York Knicks are one of the teams that have been strongly rumored to have interest in acquiring Rondo. But what can they offer in exchange? Iman Shumpert is definitely an emerging young player, but he can’t form a deal on his own. The Knicks don’t have a first-round draft pick until 2018, which is a deal breaker by itself.
The Houston Rockets are another team that was rumored to be interested in Rondo. With Omer Asik almost certain to be gone, the Rockets could pack him together with Jeremy Lin and ship him to Boston in exchange for Rondo. There are also some other, not so big-name teams that could deal with the Celtics and acquire Rondo. Teams like the Charlotte Bobcats or the Phoenix Suns could offer salary relief to the C’s. However, such a trade is easier said than done.
In general, even though Danny Ainge stated multiple times that Rondo is staying in Boston, there are big chances he gets traded. However, the C’s would need to see some cheese before they bite in a trade.
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