Had things gone a little differently in 2011, the Boston Celtics wouldn’t be fielding trade calls for Rajon Rondo right now because he’d be a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Friendly reminder: only time Celtics came close to moving Rondo was for Chris Paul in 2011. C’s asking price is very high.
So why did the said trade not go through? According to Holmes, Paul wouldn’t agree to an extension with the Celtics at the time and Boston understandably didn’t want to send Rondo out for a potential free agent to be.
Holmes didn’t really bring this up out of the blue, but rather was attempting to show how much the Celtics value Rajon Rondo and that trading him would likely cost a pretty penny. Of course, that was three seasons ago and Rondo’s situation has changed (as has the Celtics) so there are other factors at play, but it’s still a very interesting tid-bit of news.