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Updated Report: Boston Celtics talking Rondo trade with Kings, multiple sources deny

Dec 17, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

UPDATE 3:47 pm: It didn’t take long for multiple quality sources to shoot this idea down.

There are conversations between teams all the time, how far this really got is certainly up vor debate.

2:26 pm: 

If you weren’t watching Sports Dash on the NBC Sports Network today you missed a big one:

The Celtics are reportedly talking about a multi-player deal with the Sacramento Kings where Rajon Rondo is the centerpiece, as reported by Donny Marshall of the NBC Sports Network and Comcast Sportsnet New England.

There are not a lot of details here, but you can bet a mix of players and picks would return to Boston in this deal. Boston also has rumored to have had discussions as part of a third team in an Omer Asik deal, but now that is a lot of moving parts to fit together.

For Sacramento, I get it. If you can pair Rondo with DeMarcus Cousins you have two young cornerstone pieces you think you can build a contender around. Sacramento would have to surrender multiple picks plus Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas and more. Someone like Marcus Thornton (or Rudy Gay) needs to be involved to make the numbers work and there would be others involved as well.

Not sure this comes to fruition, and if a Kings/Celtics trade goes down it is likely much closer to the trade deadline in February. But this is out there.

  1. Brad Hill - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    For the record, both Sam Amick and Jason Jones said this rumor was completely false. Just saying.

  2. basketballhooper1 - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    You’re kinda late on this, my buddy told me about this trade about a week ago. In essence he told me it was Rondo (and some others) for Isiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, Marcus Thornton and 2 first round picks in 2014 and 2016.

    Hope the trade doesn’t happen though, I’d much rather have the Celtics keep Rondo for almost all costs.

    • doubledown44 - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Your buddy is wrong. The Kings don’t have the ability to simply trade away their 2014 and 2016 picks because of the Omri Casspi-JJ Hickson trade. They owe the Cavs their next non-lottery pick.

    • watdoiknow - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      I love these “my buddy” posts… if your “buddy” isn’t either Danny Aige or Pete D’Alessandro then we don’t really want to hear what your buddy has thrown out there.

      • basketballhooper1 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        hahah, ok man i give you that. BUT he does tell me like all these “rumors” and supposed trades like a week before I read it on any site like PBT. It’s kinda crazy though, because when he told me i didn’t think it was a real story, until this article came out. Like I actually searched for it when he told me and there was no post on it anywhere…Kinda weird but true.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Wow that’s a pretty huge price for Rondo, depending on what other Celtics join Rondo of course.

      McLemore is a stud with Bradley Beal potential but probably wont ever be as good as Beal. The 2 first round picks are huge. But if they do get Rondo and keep Gay and build around Cousins, they’re going to be real good. That would be fun to watch.

    • psubeerman21 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      For that haul? I’d trade him in a second, and I love his game. The two first round picks, especially next year, is key. If next year’s pick is unprotected, do it. A brief look at the standings shows the Kings to be the 5th worst team in the league. That is a great draft pick in a loaded draft.

  3. conjecture101 - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    If they can get Rondo without giving up Cousins or Gay, it would be a heist.

  4. chicagofan - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    If tanking is the goal, then send Jeff Green and Rondo in a deal, but the other Eastern conference teams are making that strategy to hard and the Celts may still make playoffs anyway. The Kings have nothing worth Rondo, because you still need a real point guard to win a title (or 3 of the best players in the league) and there are too few around to give up on Rondo.

  5. redbaronx - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Not going to happen! I hear of all these trade rumors with Asik, and you really have to wonder who is putting these ridiculous rumors out there. As if the Celtics would ever be involved in taking on a 29 year old Asik for the “priviledge” of departing with Rondo. RIIIIIIGHT!

    A) Houston wants draft picks for Asik
    B) Boston would never move Rondo unless they got talent in return, PLUS draft picks.

    And this is exactly why this rumor is complete bunk! There aren’t enough draft picks to satisfy Houston AND Boston from a 3rd team. Who has multiple draft picks to give away to TWO teams??? Some “news” is really just bogus and you can smell it!

  6. norcalkingsfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Swing and a miss……

    http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2013/12/17/5220966/sacramento-kings-boston-celtics-rajon-rondo-isaiah-thomas-trade-rumor

    As far as anything involving kings information I only use one website; they have better sources.

  7. adoombray - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    It would never happen, Boston would riot and Ainge would be tarred and feathered outside Faneuil Hall before Rondo even booked his flight

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      It just all depends on what they get back but it will have to quite a hall for people not to be up in arms.

  8. lastdukestreetking - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I don’t get the love for Rondo. In today’s NBA, teams need a PG that can score, i.e., shoot. He’s a great ball handler but too one-dimensional.

    • pharohislife - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      One dimensional? He’s a constant triple-double threat, it doesn’t get much more multi-dimensional than that.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      With Sullinger shooting a whopping 29% from 3, and Vitor Favorani making it rain from downtown they don’t need a scoring PG.

      In all seriousness, Bradley’s renaissance as a scoring Tony Allen and Crawford’s ability to hit those runners in the lane, and Green’s play making ability, takes the heat off of Rondo.

      It’s a metaphor for this team that they all chip in. It’s kind of like when all the Power Rangers come together to form… I can’t remember, oh my god my childhood is slipping away.

      *runs away and cries*

    • andyhr17 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Maybe you should actually watch a guy play and know something about him before trashing him anther than just have blind dislike for a guy. DAMN RONDO AND ALL THOSE TRIPLE DOUBLES!! He’s so one-dimensional!!

    • antistratfordian - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      He’s an All-Defensive 1st/2nd team player that can put up 18 points, 20 assists and 17 rebounds in the same game, and this guy calls him “one-dimensional.” The toppest of all lels.

  9. davidly - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I heard it was Rondo to Chicago, Rose to Sacramento, Gay and a picks back to Memphis, who send Randolph to Houston, who send Asik to Miami who send Oden and a pick to Boston, who also get Thomas and Thornton and another pick from Sacramento.

    Then, everybody goes everywhere else via everywhere other than that in exchange for picks and Skibby MaRue.

    • 1historian - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      and a partridge and a pear tree thrown in

  10. jammer73 - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    This would be perfect for the Kings. Pairing to punk head cases on the same team. EPIC FAIL!

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      This is California…no problem. We take head cases and turn them into geniuses. Take the Arnold, for example.

  11. officialgame - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Rondo isn’t worth what the Celtics want. Period.

    • 1historian - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      not to mention that this whole thing is an unfounded rumor.

  12. somekat - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    A, I don’t think any team gives up what the Celtics want for Rondo (although I do think they would move him if someone put up that price). Clearly they think Rondo is as good as Rondo thinks he is

    B, I don’t think the Celtics have as much interest in moving him as they did at the beginning of the season. I think part of moving him was, they didn’t want him to come back late in the year, win enough for a low seed in the playoffs, or just miss, and miss out on a superstar. But now that it is clear that they were out tanked by multiple teams in the east, and will probably make the playoffs even without Rondo, they may as well keep him.

  13. 1historian - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Good point but it’s a long way to go – the meat of the season is coming up.

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