Now that the marquee free agents LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have made their decisions about their future, the rumors around All-Star caliber players who could be available in a trade, like Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love and Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon rondo, will hit another level.
Although Love will almost certainly be trade, it does not look like Rondo will, at least not right now.
According to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald, the Celtics would rather risk letting Rondo hit the open market as a free agent than trade him without receiving a “major player” in return.
According to league sources, Danny Ainge has been pretty firm in the past on his need to get a major player in return for his All-Star point guard, and while the president of basketball operations has to realize Rondo’s impending 2015 free agency may change the game a bit, he is still under no time pressure to pull the trigger.
As opposed to Kevin Love, who told Minnesota he will opt out at the end of the coming season and leave if he is not dealt beforehand, Rondo consistently said he wants to remain with the Celtics. His view may change if the club is still treading water at the end of 2014-15, and there is no question the C’s will look heavily into trading him before then.
Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his ACL injury and averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 40.3% from the field, 28.9% from beyond the arc and 62.7% from the free throw line.