The Boston Celtics are a bit of a crossroads and what they do with point guard Rajon Rondo will dictate the entire future of their franchise. They could deal Rondo for future assets and continue to rebuild or they could deal their assets for veterans and try to get back into the postseason, which is their preference.
Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald reports the Celtics would like to keep Rondo through his next contract.
“Danny has been very disciplined,” Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said. “He could have made a lot of deals by now, but not for the kind of player we want.”
That would be a rising star to pair with Rajon Rondo or, in the event of trading the point guard, another cornerstone player…
…And at least for the record, Celtics ownership prefers to keep Rondo through his next contract, which would begin in the fall of 2015.
The Celts could actually receive a value bump from their existing material next season, with Rondo and Jeff Green both in contract years — the latter if he decides to decline the 2015-16 option in his contract.
The Celtics’ ultimate goal appears to be pairing Rondo with another star. Minnesota Timberwwolves’ power forward Kevin Love is their top choice but this is obviously a long-shot.
Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his knee 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.
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