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Report: Boston “open” to trading Rajon Rondo

Nov 29, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT


We suggest before reading this report you have a shaker of salt with you. Unless you’re a Celtics fan, in which case you should have blood pressure medicine with you. But know up front we don’t totally buy this.

Chris Broussard at ESPN has suggested the Celtics will listen to offers for All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.

While Boston is not shopping Rajon Rondo, it would be open to trading him in the right deal, sources say. The Celtics feel they need more scoring to take the load off of Paul Pierce.

If I were Boston I would consider trading Rondo as part of a deal to get Chris Paul out of New Orleans. Or Dwight Howard out of Orlando. That’s about it unless the Bulls decide to shop Derrick Rose (calm down Celtics fans, that’s not happening).

Rondo is not by himself a franchise cornerstone, but he’s the guy you want to pair with that cornerstone. He gave you 10.6 points and 11.2 assists per game and is a good defender, guys like that are not a dime a dozen. I get the need for scoring and the desire to make one more serious run this season with Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Pierce. But Rondo is the guy who is at the center of this team three years from now, and you only move him for a guy who is better and still young.

There just aren’t many of those.

  1. lphboston - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Rondo is a bit of a strange duck.

    I’ve seen mybe 80 percent of his games over the last several years, and can tell you that he can do things that no other PG can do. But ….. he also is incapable of doing some things (free throws, wide-open medium-range jumpers) that most other PGs can.

    He seems to find no happiness either on or off the court, and he clearly went into a funk when his binkie Kendrik Perkins was traded.

    I’m thinking that maybe with Doc Rivers planning to stay for several years, he may not want to put up with Rondo’s act long-term. The Celtics are eaded for a major step back next season (if not sooner), and management might be worried about how he’ll take it. If Rondo is a PITA when things are going good, what will he be like when they’re not?

    • b7p19 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      I don’t completely disagree with your explaination of Rondo’s game, but I think it’s important to remember that when you watch a guy play every day you see ALL of his mistakes. You see everything bad and on a good team those bad things usually stand out more than the good. As an outsider that only sees him play 5-10 times a year, it’s hard for me to see why they would trade a PG of his ilk.

      I agree with the writer that it would take a massive multiplayer trade to make this happen. You simply don’t give up your starting PG when you have a veteran team with maybe two years left.

    • giselleisasucubus - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      he’ll be fine. Keep in mind, he is still basically a kid. He will never be a good shooter, it just wont happen. I have coached bball for 2 decades. Some guys cant shoot. It is what it is. The thing about Rondo is he is quick and smart, so he will always be a plus over a minus. The problem- Ray is getting old & he misses shots in the 4th. Teams leave Rondo open, and unless KG is on or Paul is on(few and far between these days) they cant score at the end of games. If they can trade for Chris Paul, do it. If not, Rondo is your best option, but they MUST add a couple scorers. This team can still win a title w/ improvement in the scoring department. They miss so many shots. THAT is why they lost to Miami. Anyone who argues that is dead wrong.

    • therealhtj - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      You’ll also be reminded why Doc had his head on the chopping block before McHale gift-wrapped KG to the celts after next year.

      • giselleisasucubus - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        I dont need a reminder. He is not the best coach. He is a personality mgr, similar to Francona was w/ the Sox. Doc makes me cringe. A lot.

  2. tominma - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Another dumb story to get a few hits on NBC’s sports page! The Celts are NOT going to trade Rondo— unless it’s for John Wall and a 1st rounder. Rondo is the best point guard in the league. Eventually, he’ll learn to shoot good enough to make teams honor him! But Rondo can ALREADY score!

    • jizzojames - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      “Rondo is the best PG in the league”? This comment is about as stupid as this post! In other words why not trade him and get him off of that sinking ship called the Boston Celtics! That franchise is now done and the best bet would be to start making trades for the future.

      • giselleisasucubus - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        Get a clue. A pg’s job is to pace the game. He has deficiencies, but his overall game puts him in the top 5 pg’s in the league. No debate needed. As far as the sinking ship comment, well, that is just as dumb. They are aging, but Rondo is 24 years old. They have a PG. If & when they add an all star w/ the loads of cap space next year(Dwight Howard) they will be a contender again. Learn the game before commenting and looking like a jackass.

    • boston25rocketman - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      Dude I’m a Celtics fan and Rondo is far from the best PG in the league. Top 5 maybe. We’ve been waiting for Rondo to learn how to shoot a jumper for a few years now, but he’s that and a couple other skills away from consideration for best in the league.

  3. EvanZ - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    I propose this for completely selfish reasons, but I wonder if Boston would be interested in trading Rondo for Ellis. Ellis is definitely a better scorer than Rondo, and he can create shots for others. His defense at point would be better, too. Just a thought.

    • b7p19 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      If you meant that Ellis would play better defense you’re crazy. I have always seen Ellis as sort of an empty scorer.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        Wow EvanZ, did you really just say that! As a Laker fanatic I would love for you to be Boston’s GM with those kind of moves!

    • giselleisasucubus - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      only if they have a pg in mind to sign as a free agent(Baron Davis, amnesty cut?) I saw 17 people give you a thumbs down, but this isnt crazy to think if they have a pg up their sleeve that they like. Keep in mind- they love Avery Bradley. He needs another year though. Vet pg & Monta Ellis would help the C’s big time.

    • EvanZ - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      It sounded like I said Ellis would be better defensively than Rondo. What I meant was that Ellis would be better defensively guarding PG relative to his position defending SG in GSW. Didn’t mean to blow people’s minds.

  4. charlutes - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    I think they’d be crazy to trade him.

  5. havlicekstoletheball - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    “he’s the guy you want to pair with that cornerstone”

    No, he isn’t. His limitations are mortal for a point guard. While he is an exciting penetrator and a good passer, he has some holes that the Celtics cannot get around with him.

    He is a very poor shooter, and other teams drop off him into the passing lanes. When the Boston offense stagnates, that is why. They can play 5 on 4 on defense and Rondo cannot make them pay consistently.

    Rondo is also a very poor free throw shooter. While a fine ballhandler, he cannot be the guy you can give the ball to in the closing minutes of a game, because he simply cannot make foul shots.

    Both of those flaws are correctable to an extent. Which leads to the conclusion that he never works on the weak points of his game. He shot 57% from the free throw line last year. When he handles the ball a large share of the time, that is horrendous.

    Both of those flaws have allowed teams to exploit the Celtics and it cost them games. They have enough weaknesses already without a point guard who can’t shoot and can’t handle the ball down the stretch of a tight game.

  6. chitownmatt - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    If the Celtics really want to make one more run they should try to trade for that big guy in Oklahoma…. What IS his name????

    um, Kendrick Perkins! Yeah, thats it.

    Add that guy and they are a championship contender.

    • brooklynbulls - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Dumbest trade ever! I’m still baffled by it almost a year later. Who gives up their anchor during a title run? That said, I dont doubt for a second that Danny Ainge could follow that move by giving up Rondo

      • giselleisasucubus - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:12 PM

        Perk was non existent w/the Celts last year, and he was ineffective with Okla City in the playoffs. They would have lost with or w/out him. They gambled. It didnt work last year, but I still take Jeff Green over Perk any day. Be patient, this trade hasnt been decided yet.

      • phaden27 - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:14 PM

        Sorry Giselle but you’re wrong. Never underestimate the value of chemistry, yeah he was injured, but traded right as he came back (pretty much)? Worst gamble ever.

    • tominma - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Perkins is very limited as a player. YES, he’s a dominant inside defensive player but not a shot blocker. He rebounds ok but certainly not among the elite! Plus, the Celts didnt think he was worth what OKC signed him for. For $48M for 4 years, ya need more production from him!

      As for Rondo, if he’s surrounded with scorers, he’s pretty near unstoppable. He DOES need to improve his medium range shot, but he doesnt look for his shot first like so many of the other so called point guards do. He’s more Cousy than Chris Paul! PLus, he’s a real devil on defense at the point! I say the Celts should keep him and get some scorers who can dedidicate themselves to team defense. That is River’s style!

      • therealhtj - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        Actually he’s on the books for 4/33. Still a lot, but Boston shoulda kept him. Dumb trade nonetheless, but maybe McHale could get Nene to sign in Houston and trade him for Jermaine O’neal and Jeff Green?

  7. savoirlaire - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    3 words–ain’t gonna happen. Celtics aren’t that stupid, everyone knows this kid is uniquely talented. The scoring will come. You can’t teach the ball handling skills and intangibles that Rondo naturally posesses. Celtics know they are in rebuliding mode–no way in hell you get another run out of Pierce, Allen and Garnett. You build a future around guys like Rondo!

  8. mogogo1 - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Trading him and getting comparable value in return might not be all that easy. He’s a very good player but also a rather unique talent. He’s absolutely perfect when there are guys like Garnett, Pierce and Allen around him, but he’s not going to be your first or second option the way some other point guards like a Rose, a Paul or a Westbrook can be. There are many teams that would shy away from any PG that couldn’t consistently hit the midrange jumper.

    Boston is going to eventually need to figure out what the next era is going to look like after their Big 3 are gone. There are no guarantees that Rondo will fit nearly as well into a different lineup as he has with these guys.

  9. trueballs - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Rondo for Westbrook? OKC gets a true point guard – more shots for Durant…Celtics get what they need

  10. tominma - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    trueballs…… but has no one to get the ball to Westbrook!

  11. 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    With possible trades like these it’s unfathamable that so many people sour on LeBron and Melo for leaving to a desired place when clearly teams have no loyalty to cornerstone players when something “hotter” comes around!

    • passerby23 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      The only real value for the Celtics here is getting Chris Paul. I don’t think that’s jumping at something “hotter”, that’s making one more big run at a championship with arguably the best PG in the game. The Celtics desperately need scoring.

  12. Kansachusetts - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    I half hope they trade him. Then I won’t have to watch every Celtics game all year long like I have for the last three years because Rondo is so exciting. I’ll get a lot more done.

  13. Kansachusetts - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Did I mention that Danny Ainge is an idiot?

  14. newyorkfootballjets - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Rondo for westbrook or rondo for oden

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