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Last night I witnessed greatness unfold when my LSU Tigers came back to defeat the University of Texas in Game One of the College World Series. The game would need extra frames to decide the outcome, as Matty “Ice” Ott came in and put an end to the madness in the 11th inning. So as the night progressed after this game and the celebrating on the LSU campus started, I found myself enjoying the festivities. Well to my surprise, I woke up this morning at about 11:30AM ET to put on SportsCenter and found an interesting trade proposal that had to do with both the Celtics and Detroit Pistons.
Chad Ford, of ESPN, reports that the Celtics offered the Pistons: Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo in exchange for Rip Hamilton, Tashuan Prince, and Rodney Stuckey. Ford went out to say that the Pistons “laughed” at the offer and quickly declined. With the love Detroit has for Stuckey that reaction doesn’t surprise me one bit. But something within this deal does indeed shock me, for lack of better term is the fact that this is the third team the Celtics have started talks with to trade Rondo. I understand why Boston is looking to move Allen. He has a monstrous cap number and he isn’t getting any younger. Pair that with the fact that over the last two years Doc Rivers has done the best possible job to run Allen’s legs into the ground by playing him so many minutes night in and night out.
But why attempt to trade Rondo? Many would argue that without him this past year the Celtics don’t even edge out Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. Is it because Rondo wants a decently size contract? I don’t know. Ford reported on SportsCenter that he hears Rondo is not a good presence in the locker room and that he is very selfish and displeased. All this information is tough to swallow and concerning…I can hear the Manny flashback stories ringing in the back of my mind now. Why would Rondo be in such a sorry state? Regardless, if this is the case, I don’t blame Doc and Ainge at least exploring the trade market for the young and talented PG.
Here are the reported deals that involved Rondo:
All three of these deals all appear to be dead, but that still doesn’t deter the fact that Boston is looking to trade Rondo. As the NBA draft is just two days away, the Celtics could make a serious, franchise-altering move with Rondo involved. But ask yourself, if Rondo is traded, who’s the starting PG? Dare I suggest Stephon Marbury starting a whole season? Yikes, the thought kind of scares me, but who else would there be? Especially if the compensation is a draft pick and Boston would be relying on a rookie to be the quarterback of this team.
Who knows what will transpire from all this talk. But trading Rondo would definitely cause some head scratching in Beantown. Major head scratching.