According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, some rival general managers around the league believe Rondo will be moved come the NBA’s February trade deadline.
Rondo is the last blue chip from the 2008 championship team and 2010 Finals team that Celtics president Danny Ainge can convert into assets as he rebuilds the franchise. More than a few GMs around the league expect Rondo to be on the move, if not at the trading deadline next month, then maybe in June at draft time.
While many in the Boston area understandably have a strong emotional attachment to Rondo, the fact remains the Celtics are at minimum a few years away from competing at a high level. Rondo only has one year left on his deal and waiting too long to trade him will force the Celtics to take back pennies on the dollar.
If the team is to move him, there is no better time than the present.