Sep 28, 2012; Waltham, MA, USA; The Boston Celtic logo on the hardwood floor during the media day at the Celtics training facility. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics nearly traded Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul in 2011


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.

Yep – according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, the Celtics nearly traded Rondo to the Pelicans (then New Orleans Hornets) in exchange for Chris Paul.

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.

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