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Reports: Chris Paul won’t sign in Boston; Pacers talk to Celtics

Nov 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

Rajon Rondo Chris Paul AP

There is a lot of smoke around the Chris Paul to the Celtics rumors, enough to make you think there is some fire. But that is a very, very different thing than saying this trade is going to happen.

More likely it is not.

Why? For one, take this tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Let all the CP3-to-Boston chatter cease. CP will not sign long-term ext with Celtics, according to source close to situation.

Paul controls his own destiny in the same way Carmelo Anthony did last year when he held the Nuggets hostage for a season — no team will trade for him if he will not sign an extension.

Which is why it is interesting that the Indiana Pacers are trying to get in on the talks as a facilitator. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo has the details.

The Pacers and Celtics have discussed the preliminary framework of a deal, but two sources said Indiana would need a third team to provide Boston with the talent it wants to do a deal. The Celtics are likely trying to gather the necessary pieces to make a bid for Ainge’s ultimate target: New Orleans point guard Chris Paul sources said.

Watch the Pacers — a team with a lot of cap room who is looking for pieces for the future — during the preseason and up to the trade deadline. They might be willing to be a facilitator of a deal for Paul or Dwight Howard if they get some good pieces to go with the bad contract they absorb.

One other note — ESPN reports that the Celtics almost shipped Rondo to the Oklahoma City Thunder last year.

After last season’s playoffs, the Celtics offered Rajon Rondo and Green to Oklahoma City for Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins, sources told Broussard. The Celtics, looking for another scorer who can create his own offense, thought Westbrook might be available after his erratic postseason play. But Oklahoma was not interested in the deal.

  1. cakemixa - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    It’s hilarious that anyone thinks Chris Broussard is a real journalist/reporter. The dude is a puppet/mouthpiece for the “Lebron camp (CP3, etc)”.

    • teke184 - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      Knowing that he’s a mouthpiece for Maverick Carter and World Wide Wes means that this is CP3’s version of the “triangle offense”, where he can pressure the Hornets to trade him for peanuts to teams like the Knicks while giving interviews about how “my heart is in New Orleans.”

      I’m about ready for the Hornets to publicly declare they’ll sit on his rights for the rest of the year and force him to make his move via free agency rather than put up with Melo 2 – Electric Boogaloo this season.

      • trueballs - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        letting him go in free agency would be a lot worse than trading him. That’s why the Melo deal happened. Franchises want to at least get something in return for an All-Star player, even if it’s a bunch of role players and draft picks.

  2. momo988 - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    One other note — ESPN reports that the Celtics almost shipped Rondo to the Oklahoma City Thunder last year.

    The Celtics didn’t almost trade Rondo to OKC anymore than I almost dated Scarlett Johanson. They may have wanted to trade Rondo for Westbrook (and hilariously undo the Green/Perkins trade), but the Thunder weren’t interested.

  3. asublimeday - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Rondo is absurdly overrated. He gets owned by Rose so often an so excessively it’s sad.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      Most PGs get owned by D. Rose haha. But yea, Rondo has an avg shooting game which makes him less desirable.

    • homelanddefense - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Rondo is underrated by many because he isnt a scorer, he is a true PG. He sets up the scorers and plays solid D. And he is one of the best rebounding PG’s in the league. He is a triple double threat every night.

  4. predicatepanda - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    After this season, aren’t Pierce & Rondo the only players with significant money? I believe Garnett & Allen are in their final years. Why wouldn’t they be able to make another significant move? The only way this makes sense if he’s already decided he wants to play in either NY or LA. If so, then these moves are going to lead to an even further marginalization of the NBA’s popularity. The league can’t afford to have five super teams and 25 Washington Generals.

  5. stillbleedingblue - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Rondo for Russell is an absolute joke. I wouldn’t trade Westbrook for Rose.

  6. 00maltliquor - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I hate Boston with a passion, but this is just sad. Rondo is so good and outside of his broken J, the
    kids got it all. I seriously hope that if he’s still around on the last year of his contract, he pulls a Carmelo/Paul/Howard/James on the Celtics ass and holds the team for ransom with his contract extension and flip flops and leads the C’s on if he’s gonna re-sign or not and then straight up dip on those suckers for putting him through this, leaving them high and dry!

  7. sportsinhd - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    With all of the “Rondo will be traded rumors” it’s starting to look it will have to happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rondo demands a trade since Ainge has decided he’s expendable.

  8. cantonbound13 - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    CP3 is going to NY. They can form the real big 3. Not like some overrated guys that shrivel up in the 4th quarter of big games.

  9. bozosforall - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Larry Bird to the rescue for the pathetic Celtics, just like McHale did back in 2007 (when he sold out the Timberwolves to help his old team).

    OKC was right to tell the Celtics to stick their “trade” where the sun don’t shine.

    No team wants the Celtics’ garbage.

  10. hoopshort - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    CP3 in Philly…..Has a nice ring to it. Could be done with the young talent sixers can package. He would make the sixers an instant conference leader.He would own Philly and make them forget AI. Big market, just waiting for a winner and could win a ring. Might give it serious thought.

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