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Report: Celtics “aggressively” shopping Rajon Rondo

Mar 1, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston Reuters

You know changes are coming to the Boston Celtics over the next few months — if not at the trade deadline certainly over the summer.

The logical progression seemed to be the older “Big Three” — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett — would be on their way out and Rajon Rondo would be the bridge to the future.

But rumors that GM Danny Ainge and the Celtics are looking to move Rondo just keep coming up, making you wonder how much fire there is behind all the smoke. The latest bit of smoke comes from Chris Broussard at ESPN (via

Boston is aggressively shopping Rondo, according to sources. The Celtics find Rondo’s personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers continue. With the Celtics having realized they are no longer title contenders, they don’t believe the payoff is worth the headaches Rondo brings, sources say. And they do not want to build around him.

If true — and that’s a big if — the challenge for the Celtics will be how to get equal value for Rondo. Rondo is not one of the game’s truly transcendent players — he is not Chris Paul or Derrick Rose at the point, he is a step behind them. He is still one of the best point guards in the league, an All-Star, but getting someone back of equal caliber is going to be challenging. The Celtics don’t want to just move him for parts, but they are not going to get someone like Pau Gasol out of the Lakers for him.

Still, this is something to watch. If the Celtics can find a deal it would be a blockbuster.

  1. lucidsportsfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    He just put up his league leading 3rd triple double; nobody else even has 2. Last year he won a playoff game vs the Heat with one arm:
    Two years ago he made one of the greatest hustle plays you’ll ever see in the playoffs vs Orlando:
    He’s got 6 career playoff triple doubles. How can they trade him? It will break my heart…

  2. rickeye9 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    rondo for curry? seems legit for both teams

    • giselleisasucubus - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Rickey, you are right on the money. See those 51 thumbs down? Clueless. Here is what is REALLY happening with that deal- The Celts and Warriors were close in December, but the Warriors got cold feet and pulled out. In the last 2 weeks, Golden State has changed their stance and are willing to move him to Boston, but now the Celtics are worried about his ankles. So yes, Rondo for Curry could happen, but I think the Celtics are trying to trade Rondo for a big. He WILL get traded, I can pretty much guarantee that.

  3. doctorfootball - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Except for the fact that Curry seems to have some fragile ankles. The kid can’t seem to stay on the court.

  4. iplaybad - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Stern should just gift Rondo to the Lake Show after that debacle known as the CP3 deal…..

  5. losangelasbasketball - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Wouldnt be shopped if he could shoot a jumpshot…

    • havlicekstoletheball - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      Or a free throw.

      • giselleisasucubus - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        drives me crazy….seriously, I think his hands are too big, the same issues the big guys have.

    • giselleisasucubus - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      yet the lakers still cant cover him….

  6. tcclark - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    they’ll deal him in the summer to a team that loses out on Deron Williams. Who’s going to give up anything good for Rondo if they can get Deron Williams for nothing but a large contract? A team that misses out will panic and Rondo’s value will sky rocket ala (Ironically enough) Deron Williams after the Carmelo deal.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Did D-Will’s value skyrocket? In my opinion he went for less than Carmelo and is the better player.

      • tcclark - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        Really? I think the Nets gave up more for D-Will. Harris was an All-Star point guard the year before they traded him, They gave up the 3rd overall pick in Favors, and gave up an unprotected pick in last years draft which turned into Kanter (i believe, haven’t checked) and they’re getting a top 7 protected pick this year from golden state. That’s a lot. The Knicks got Gallinari, Felton(not on the roster, Chandler(hasn’t been on the roster all year), Mozgov, and some mid round selections

      • tcclark - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        oh and they traded Billups too. The Jazz got a much better deal

      • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        For me I’d almost always rather have the player where I know what I;m getting rather than the potential of an unknown. Kanter has been good, but he’s easily the best player that went over and in the absolute best case scenario he doesn’t come close to the play D-Will is. Harris was an AS the year before, but was pretty terrible the year they dealt him, has been pretty terrible this year, and everything I’ve heard from radio and news sites is that they would move him for a weak 1st round, or second round pick. Favors hasn’t been anywhere near the player they thought they were getting when they drafted him, though he’s still young. (Side note: can we talk about how terrible that draft is looking?)

        If D-Will walks and the Nets get nothing fo him they were easily ripped off, but if they can keep him (and keeping him means getting D-12 so essentially the trade was for Deron Williams and the ante to get into the Dwight Howard sweepstakes) then giving up Kanter, a PG who will be a bench player on just about any team, and a, to this point, underperforming Derrick Favors, I got no problem with the deal.

  7. sepl12 - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    Rondo and ray allen for bosh and a pick.

    • giselleisasucubus - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      That might be the dumbest post I have seen in awhile. Why would Miami do that? Explain….

  8. teehov843 - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Lakers trade Gasol to Rockets along w/ 1st rd pick, Bynum to Magic along w/ their other 1st rd pick (they two 1st rd picks this year), Rockets trade Luis Scola to Magic and Kyle Lowery to Celtics along w/ 1st rd pick, Celtics trade Rondo to Lakers, Magic trade Dwight to Lakers. Throw in some other players and picks to make the deal work and WHALAAA! Everybody’s Happy! But there is no way in HELL that the Celtics would do a deal with the Lakers! LOL! So forget about everything I said! LOL!

    • thekingdave - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      No, not everyone’s happy. Giving up Lowry defeats the purpose of acquiring Gasol for the Rockets.

      • teehov843 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Duh, that’s why i said throw in other players and picks to make it work.

    • troy10 - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Lakers get Howard and Rondo in your scenario…. hmmmm… I wonder.. and it’s just a total hunch, but…I’m thinking maybe, just maybe you might be a Laker fan.. Funny how you don’t say what the Lakers have to give up to trade for Rondo.. after trading away their two biggest assets in Gasol and Bynum in other deals.

    • giselleisasucubus - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      you really think the celtics are giving up a 26 year old star w/3 years left at a good value for Scola and Lowery? No way. They would be better off keeping him and rolling the dice in free agency. Rondo, Oneal and a 1st for Gasol makes more sense.

  9. purnellmeagrejr - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Not being able to get along with Doc Riers is a bad thing. I think he’s one of the rare coaches that actually make a big difference in a team’s fortunes..

    • bozosforall - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Puhleeze..Doc Rivers and his ONE bought title are sooooo overrated. Tom Thibodeau is the real reason why the Celtics coaching staff was worth anything when they won their one McHale-delivered title.

      • mytthor - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        I am so sick of hearing about teams “buying” a title. I hate the Celtics, but jeeze, give it a rest. There’s a salary cap, all the teams are owned by billionaires (except the hornets) they can all afford to spend what they want to win. Just because your owner chose not to doesn’t mean it’s bad when other owners do. Show me the team that won the championship with people playing for free.

      • bozosforall - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Of course that is all true, but just the same, the Celtics BOUGHT that title.

      • giselleisasucubus - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        how did they buy a title when they actually traded for every starter on their team? Just when I thought you had a clue(Doc is NOT a good coach) you say a comment like that. Miami- they bought a team. Boston gave up assets to attain more assets, and won a title, lost a title, and also make it to a confernce final game 7 w/out their best player.

      • bozosforall - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        “Traded” is just another word for “bought”, the currency being players instead of straight cash. Either way, they didn’t draft the players, they BOUGHT them in the trade market (with McHale bending over for his former team and selling out the team that was paying his salary, the TWolves).

  10. nightrain42 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    The lakers can ship 2 draft choices for him

  11. acdc363 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    This is gonna be kendrick perkins for absolute garbage all over again

    • andyhr17 - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      Perkins was going to leave regardless. Rondo is under contract. They would not trade him for nothing. There is absolutely no comparison to the Perkins situation.

    • tcclark - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Would you have traded Kwame Brown and Nate Robinson for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic? Because Perkins and Brown are almost the exact same basketball player.

      Brown 6’11 270- good low post defender 6 pts, 6 boards, 11.33 per
      Perkins 6’10 270 – good low post defender 4 points, 6 boards 7.11 per

      Ainge got a good young player in Green(who they will resign) for an over-hyped center. He got a good deal.

    • giselleisasucubus - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Perkins is garbage. Listen, the cletics lost last year for one reason- Miami. They hit shots and whooped the celts in the 4th of every game. Perk is the most overrated player of all time. He legit stinks. Anyone who really knows the game can see this, and this is why he was traded. I am so sick of people saying Perk is good….can I have some of those drugs????

  12. baron30 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Doc is ready to pack in the season and start stocking lottery balls so he can draft his son Austin.

  13. tcclark - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    we can thank Jeremy Lin for the lack of stupid Knicks rumors….. i can see it now “Landry Fields, Jered Jeffries, and a second round pick.”

  14. j0esixpack - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Ainge has given Rondo every chance to show that he can be a well behaved leader and that the Celts should build around him.

    Rondo’s thumbed his nose at that offer – so he’s very much on the trading block.

    He’ll be a great contributor on a team with true veteran leadership – so there’s clear value to be had. But I’m zen with Ainge completely blowing up the team and parting ways with Rondo, making clear what type of player he wants to build the team around moving forward.

  15. mcjon22 - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I don’t see how the Celtics get anything of value for Rando now. They’re best bet would be to trade him in the summer around the draft, while shipping out Allen and Garnett now for draft picks. Same goes for Pierce if you could get something meaningful back, but with his contract and age, the Celtics re in no mans land with that one. This will be a long rebuild for Bean town.

    • bozosforall - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Another 25-year drought…if not more. LMAO

  16. dexterismyhero - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Rondo had the same punk attitude at Ky. Send him to Toronto. I’d laugh at that.

  17. basketball34 - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Rondo had his third triple-double of the season last night against the Bucks. If you think he can’t make a FT or jumpshot, you haven’t been watching C’s games. ACDC363 is right – a Rondo trade will be another colossal Ainge blunder in a string of them post 2008. (And for the record, Perk was not “leaving regardlless,” but was attempting to renegotiate his contract as players do in their last contract year). Ainge’s reputation in the media as some kind of GM genius is based solely on acquiring KG & Ray Allen in ’07. But most Boston fans see a very different GM, & fear what moves he will make before March 15th. The only thing true about Ainge’s rep is that he is ruthless – would trade his grandmother for an extra Garden parking attendant.

  18. isujames - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    This would be a good pickup for my Heat!!!

  19. isujames - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Hes made bad and good trades like every other GM, thats how it goes. You gamble and sometimes you get the big payoff, Perkins wasn’t going to save the Celtics from their fate.They were towards the end of their prime when the team was assembled and now they are past their prime!

  20. stadix093 - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I am not a Celtic fan so can somebody who is explain to me why they would shop this guy? Sure his jump shot isn’t great but those triple doubles look good, and he’s a proven NBA champion. I need an actual Celtic fan to explain this please.

    • redbullenergydrink - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      The same reason why every team should consider trades… to make their own team better. It just so happens that Rondo has good value.

    • bknowledge - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      The only ways to rebuild are to get free agents or high draft picks.

      The only way to sign big name free agents is to be under the salary cap.

      Pierce/Allen/Garnett/Rondo have big contracts. To trade them, Celts would have to take a big contract back- that’s league trade rules- salaries of traded players have to match within 25%. They can’t get under the cap easily or quickly- they will have to take back bad players or bad contracts.

      That leaves rebuilding thru picks. Rondo is the only player the Celtics can trade for a lottery pick.
      Lottery teams are not gonna take/trade lottery picks for Garnett/Pierce/Allen.
      So, if you wanna rebuild thru draft, you may have to trade Rondo…

      And, it usually takes 5-7 years to rebuild. Rondo will be in his 30’s by then, and probably near the end of his career. So, it kinda makes sense to trade him now…

  21. bknowledge - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    If Celts can trade Ray Allen to Clips for Mo Williams, moving Rondo becomes more feasible.

    Maybe Rondo for Chris Kaman and New Orleans lottery pick…

    If Celts miss the playoffs this year, next years team to start the season could be
    Mo Williams
    Paul Pierce
    Jeff Green
    and two lottery picks…
    Maybe next year trade Garnett for a first rounder…

    Celts need picks to rebuild…They aren’t getting lottery picks for Allen, Pierce, or Garnett (teams in the lottery don’t trade those picks for aged veterans).

    Just a thought…cause the Celts need to make some kind of move…

  22. omahakidw - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Love what you wrote, I laughed out loud. It was a great assesment of exactly how things work (not ) whenever the Celtics, and Lakers are mentioned together whatever it is ! Awesome remarks. Good job !!!!!!!!

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