Skip to content

Report: Pistons still have interest in Rajon Rondo, even after acquiring Brandon Jennings

Aug 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings

The Pistons were reportedly one of the first teams in line to talk with the Celtics about a potential deal for Rajon Rondo, once Boston entered a full-fledged rebuild by sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets.

Whether due to the offers being low while Rondo still rehabs from a torn ACL injury, or because the Celtics aren’t interested in trading their All-Star point guard at this time, Detroit wasn’t able to pry Rondo from Danny Ainge’s figurative clutches.

Instead, the Pistons went out and got Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade on a pretty reasonable three-year deal worth $24 million. But that doesn’t mean that their level of interest in Rondo has changed.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

Just because the Pistons acquired Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade deal with the Bucks doesn’t mean they’ve lost interest in Rajon Rondo. In fact, they could eventually use Jennings as a trade chip and seek to acquire Rondo. There are going to be several interested parties in Rondo, and that number could increase when he shows he’s fully recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery.

The Celtics are in fact rebuilding, but at some point you need to acquire star talent to return your team to relevance, and they already have that in Rondo at the point guard position.

It’s true Rondo’s icy personality may not be a fit for every locker room, and after seven NBA seasons, he may want to take on a leadership role that his younger teammates may not be willing to embrace. Boston has repeatedly said that the team is not shopping Rondo, but GMs will continue to call and make offers because there is a belief around the league that he can be had for not too steep of a price.

Joe Dumars will keep Ainge on speed dial just in case, as the acquisition of Jennings hasn’t changed Detroit’s outlook on Rondo in the slightest.

  1. shanelsweet - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Danny’s a smart GM. He’s betting Rondo’s trade value will max out once he gets back on the court. No sense trading him now while he’s hurt.

    • onlyavoice - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      100% Accurate About Waiting Until Rondo Is Healthy
      100% Wrong That Ainge Is Smart.
      I Give Him 2 Seasons & He’ll Be Fired.
      McHale Can’t Bail Him Out This Time.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Some of the moves by the ‘not smart’ Ainge:

        Trading for Ray Allen
        Trading a scond rd for Big Baby
        Trading $ for Rondo
        Trading for Garnett
        Drafting avery bradley
        Drafting tony allen
        Drafting jared sullinger

        Hey onlyavoice: you’re…a…MORON!!!!

      • jeromepc01 - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        “Some of the moves by the ‘not smart’ Ainge:

        Trading for Ray Allen
        Trading a scond rd for Big Baby
        Trading $ for Rondo
        Trading for Garnett
        Drafting avery bradley
        Drafting tony allen
        Drafting jared sullinger

        Hey onlyavoice: you’re…a…MORON!!!!”

        Danny Ainge should be applauded for drafting Jared Sullinger? Why? What has Jared Sullinger done that makes Ainge look like a genius for drafting him?

  2. kjereld615 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    The Pistons do realize that they don’t have any first round draft picks from 2014-2017 right? The only way Rondo is heading to the Pistons would be if Jennings, Drummond, and a first rounder was packaged into a deal. They already have reportedly stated that Drummond is not going to be traded and they wont have a first rounder until 2018. Rondo to Detroit is just a dream, a dream that Detroit needs to forget already.

    • senorpapino - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      That is completely wrong. The only first round pick they are missing is next year which is a top 8 pick protected to Charlotte for the Gordon/Maggette trade.

      http://www.prosportstransactions.com/basketball/DraftTrades/Future/Pistons.htm

      And there is no way Drummond gets traded.

    • buonocj - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      teams cant trade back to back 1st round picks. a rule that’s been around for over 20 yrs. Nice try thou

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      “The Pistons do realize that they don’t have any first round draft picks from 2014-2017 right?”
      This is factually incorrect, as senorpapino notes. They’re missing “only” 1 first round pick during that time.

      “The only way Rondo is heading to the Pistons would be if Jennings, Drummond, and a first rounder was packaged into a deal.”
      You’re not really in a position to pretend you know for sure that the Celtics are ONLY interested in those assets.
      For example, what if Detroit took on “bad” contracts like Gerald Wallace’s 3 remaining years? That would be worth a lot to the Celtics, who will want to be active in recruiting 2014 free agents.
      Would the Celtics really have no interest in Greg Monroe? Doubtful that they wouldn’t consider him. Etc.

      “They already have reportedly stated that Drummond is not going to be traded and they wont have a first rounder until 2018.”
      Half-correct. Drummond won’t be traded, but you’re wrong about the first rounder “drought” until 2018.

      “Rondo to Detroit is just a dream, a dream that Detroit needs to forget already.”
      The idea of Rondo going to Detroit is about as crazy as KG and Celtic-for-life Paul Pierce going to the Nets.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Teams actually cannot trade away first round draft picks in consecutive years. This rule was adopted after former Cleveland Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien traded away their draft picks in several consecutive years and basically ran the team into the ground by doing it.

    • DonKellyBaby - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      @kjereld615

      Stop acting like you know what you’re talking about.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Well, Jennings, Drummond, AND Monroe for Rondo and Bass or Lee might tempt Ainge.

      Can’t see Dumars giving that much up for Rondo.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Drummond is untouchable, I was told during other talks this year.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Thanks Kurt. If Drummond is untouchable then Dumars should foucus his attention elsewhere.

  3. eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’m not so sure the Celtics are really that interested in trading Rondo.

    While the Celtics are rebuilding now, I’m sure they want to return to being a title contender sooner rather than later, so keeping at least 1 star player makes sense in the meantime both for basketball reasons (he fills the leadership role on a young roster and makes it easier to recruit other stars in free agency) and for financial reasons (to keep the fanbase engaged during potentially difficult-to-watch seasons).

    • casualcommenter - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      If Rondo gets frustrated with being on a losing team or clashes with the new coach, I could see the Celtics becoming aggressive in trying to trade him.

      Barring that though, I do think the Celtics aren’t interested in being a losing team for 3+ seasons.
      So while I expect them to get a good lottery pick in 2014, I also would guess they will try to make some good free agent signings to try to jump back into contention ASAP, and having an All-Star veteran point guard on the roster already would make it easier.

    • lospolloshermanos13 - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Maybe so they can rebuild? It’s no secret Rondo no longer wants to be there. When, not if, he gets fed up with the coach and the organization and will want out. I’m not sure if Jennings will be part of the deal if the Celtics cough up Rono before the trade deadline next year. That’s assuming he comes 100%.

  4. j0esixpack - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    There’s really a dozen different ways that Ainge could choose to rebuild the team whether he trades Rondo or not.

    Picking up Jennings and getting decent value for Rondo has some upside – Jennings could make a jump in his development in the next 3 years which is about what I think it’s going to take for the Celtics to truly be a contender again.

    Keeping Rondo for those 3 years is a bit of a waste – though the young talent that Ainge needs to develop would benefit from playing with at PG of his caliber. It’s simply a question of whether Rondo himself will accept being the star on a rebuilding team that is sure (almost by design) to have a ton of losses.

    Assuming they feel good about Rondo’s health (and if they don’t, trade him now) I’d say keep Rondo for now and see how things work out. His stock and value is very likely to go up and the Celtics don’t need to trade him now anyways.

  5. abchome - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Brendon Jennings as a trade chip to acquire Rondo? Good luck!

    BTW he could star as Dr Drain though, lol…

  6. chicagofan - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    If Ainge wants to get fired then he should trade Rondo–otherwise it can be argued he has done great job in rebuilding Celtics thus fair. Pierce was due 15m with 5m buyout option that the Celtics would have executed without the trade and would have received nothing for him. KG said he would return if Pierce and Doc left and if they did not trade him they risked getting nothing for him also. Ainge made the best of a losing situation and has options for the future. Dumping Rondo and getting a lesser point guard makes no sense as a rebuilding strategy– you need a real point guard or a bunch of stars like Miami has to win in the playoffs. What point guard can they get who is better than Rondo? Unless someone is offering one of them Ainge will not return the call.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    If Rondo buys in, then I think there is a lot of potential talent (Sully, KO, Green), with some solid role players (Lee, Bradley) and some longer shots (Favarani).

    If Rondo doesn’t buy in, Ainge will go to Rondo and tell him to play his heart out, up his value and let Rondo know he will try to find him the softest landing spot possible.

  8. hijackthemic - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Celtics fans want to believe Rondo is worth Drummond + picks + good role players, but he shouldn’t be to the Pistons. I doubt they’re sacrificing that much to get someone who would be the third best point guard in their division. The Celts really should wait and see if they can victimize some stupid franchise mid-season, like Sacramento or Charlotte.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Who will land Josh Smith?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Durant (8560)
  2. K. Martin (6573)
  3. K. Bryant (6402)
  4. K. Leonard (6318)
  5. C. Bosh (6177)
  1. D. Williams (6025)
  2. T. Jones (5913)
  3. D. Rose (5836)
  4. T. Parker (5725)
  5. J. Smith (5559)