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After the news that the NBA will have a shortened season beginning December 25th after a 149-day lockout, teams will be scurrying to fill and balance their rosters. An agreement by the players will prompt free agency and training camps on December 9th, which will mean a chaotic couple of weeks of player-signings and trades.
Amongst the teams in need of roster adjustments are the Celtics, whose core of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett are growing older and nearing the end of their contracts. On the other hand Rajon Rondo has been locked up for the next three seasons by the C’s, and is seen as a core part of leading the next generation of players. However, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Boston is now open to the idea of trading Rondo if the right kind of deal came along.
The idea behind this shocking concept is that the Celtics are going to have a weakness in scoring as Pierce and Allen grow older. As the most valuable part of the franchise right now, Rondo could be exchanged for a great young scorer who could stay with the team for years.
I don’t think there is any chance of this happening. Rondo is far too valuable to be traded for anyone – he is arguably one of the best players in the game right now.
Rondo’s versatility as a player is unlike that of most. He plays outstanding defense, making the All-Defensive Team last season. He’s also an outstanding offensive player, both with scoring inside and distributing the ball, averaging 11.2 assists last year. And on top of all that, he’s a point guard who can rebound, often a triple double threat with his ability to get to the ball.
I like the idea that the Celtics are willing to listen to offers when it comes to trading Rondo because it is possible that a team could be willing to trade an elite scorer for him. But even then I would prefer the C’s take their chances and see what Rondo can do for them for years to come because he is some kind of talent.