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Report: Trading Rajon Rondo ‘not a high priority’ for Celtics

Aug 24, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo has been mentioned in trade rumors in varying degrees over the past couple of seasons, but there may never be more security in him remaining in Boston as there is right now.

Not only is Rondo’s value at an all-time low after he played just 30 games last season as he made his way back from a knee injury, but he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer, which means there’s little incentive to give up anything of value when he can simply be signed outright at the conclusion of the upcoming season.

The Celtics are aware of this, of course, so even though the team is in a rebuilding situation, it appears ready to ride out at least the first half of the year with its four-time All-Star in place on the roster.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

While the Celtics are trying to figure out ways to clear roster space before training camp, moving Rondo is not a high priority. First off, Rondo will be a free agent next summer and fully intends on taking the LeBron JamesCarmelo Anthony tour of teams and extending the negotiation process deep into next summer. It is highly unlikely Rondo would sign an extension this season with an interested team, especially the Sacramento Kings. Second, the Celtics don’t feel pressed to deal Rondo because they are still trying to determine if he’s part of the future and they are intrigued to see him in action a full 18 months following ACL surgery.

Every rebuilding team needs to add star power at some point, and the Celtics already know what they have in Rondo — a capable (if at times moody) floor general who has previous championship experience with the franchise.

Boston will wait to see if Rondo can return to his former stellar level of play before making any decisions, and will undoubtedly feel out the situation to see if he might be amenable to re-signing once the season is finished. Depending on the outcome of those evaluations, the possibility of trading Rondo before February’s midseason deadline can always be revisited.

  1. tigers182 - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    In other words, he’s on the trading block, but we don’t want to look desperate.

    • lphboston - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      tigers you are right.
      The time to trade Rondo was during the draft.
      His value is lower now, and it will be lower still at the trading deadline.
      Can’t see Ainge letting Rondo just walk away next summer. That makes no sense.

  2. au1978 - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Yeah, and neither was trading Kevin Love.

  3. revren10 - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Trade him for Rubio

  4. sellahh - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    A top 5 point guard would never be rumoured to be traded for a whole season. Rondo is overrated, hence Boston’s willingness to trade him.
    Still can’t shoot (and I dont care about his 3pp), mediocre scorer. Boston’s offense used to look better with him being out and not dominating the ball.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Why don’t you care about his 3-point %? It’s awful. 25.2% for his career. 51% true shooting. He isn’t an efficient scorer.

  5. naterich21 - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Rondo has shown every intention to stay in Boston, but its not a good choice for him or his career if Ainge can’t hurry up and build a team

  6. themagicfanguy - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Oh look, another clueless commenter who’s never actually played basketball before. Rondo is UNDERRATED, the man is the best PG in the NBA when he’s healthy. Have fun criticizing Rondo while real basketball players laugh at your ridiculous opinions.

    • naterich21 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Rondo and Rose out for a while, and people pretend they fell off the face of the earth

      • spursareold - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        They did.

  7. jolink653 - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Did you just say Rondo is the best PG in the NBA? Really?

    • pharohislife - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:37 AM

      Playoff time, there’s nobody better.

    • pharohislife - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:39 AM

      Chris Paul being the Best Point Guard every Regular Season is cute and all but it’s getting a little old.

  8. aldavis4president - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    Rondo is definitely underrated. “Capable ” pg??! He nearly gets a triple double every game. Yet we have this website calling kyrie irving elite bcuz all he can do is shoot. Parker, westbrook, rose, Paul and curry. Gimme Rondo over any other pg.

  9. longtallsam - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    “…he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer, which means there’s little incentive to give up anything of value when he can simply be signed outright at the conclusion of the upcoming season.”

    Looks like Minnesota made a pretty good haul for Kevin Love, in exactly the same situation.

  10. blogsk3tball - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Rondo can come to LA. It’ll be just in time for filming TMNT2.

  11. cruzan80 - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Rondo is a beast but he has never been the best PG in the league. Chris Paul is better & it’s really not even that close…the numbers alone prove that.

    Rondo’s career averages:
    11.1 PPG
    .475 FG%
    .252 3%
    8.4 AST
    4.6 REBS
    2.8 TO

    Paul’s career averages:
    18.6 PPG
    .472 FG%
    .357 3%
    9.9 AST
    3.7 REBS
    2.4 TO

    But those numbers aren’t even what really separates the two in my opinion.

    The PG’s job is to make life easier for the other players on the court. The best PG’s in this league make mediocre players look good & good players look great. Rondo has played all but his two seasons (his rookie season & last season) with THREE prolific All-Stars & future Hall of Famers at his disposal. The roster Rondo was given to run in his second year in the league was a PG’s wet dream.

    Meanwhile, until his arrival in L.A. Paul had the likes of David West, Tyson Chandler, Morris Peterson, Desmond Mason, Devin Brown & Kirk Snyder. His best collection of talent he was ever surrounded by was Peterson, Stojakovic, West & Chandler…that team went 56-26…in the west. That same season Rondo’s loaded Celtics went 66-16. 10 more wins in a weaker conference with a roster 3x better than the one Paul had.

    In my opinion, if you traded Rondo for Paul straight up back in the summer of 2007…KG & Pierce are the owners of three rings instead of one. I don’t think its disputable that Paul has done more with far less than what Rondo has had around him.

    Celtics should’ve traded Rondo at the deadline last season while his stock was still high. This season we’ll see for the first time in his career if he’s capable of leading & carrying a team to any form of success or if he was basically a beneficiary of playing alongside established All-Star vets.. If he isn’t, the Celtic are probably gonna lose him for nothing when they could’ve gotten tons for him last February.

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