The Boston Celtics hoped to make a big move in free agency or through a trade this summer, but just didn’t have to opportunity to do so. Now, the future of point guard Rajon Rondo, who is entering the final year of his contract, has come into question.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes the Celtics could wind up dealing Rondo during the season.
I do not think the Celtics are in a position to do much more than they have done. Like most teams they will add some guys for training camp and as Danny Ainge usually does, I am sure he’ll be kicking the tires on trades, but I wouldn’t expect much.
As for in-season — maybe. I think at some point they have to address the Rajon Rondo situation. I think you use Rondo as training wheels of sorts for Marcus Smart. Allow him to ease into the NBA and then have a heart to heart with Rondo. I think if Rondo doesn’t indicate that he wants to be part of the future in Boston and that free agency in July is just about re-setting the finances; if there is any doubt, you have to trade him.
The Celtics’ ultimate goal appears to be pairing Rondo with another star, but that really doesn’t seem realistic, at least not this year.
Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his knee injury. He 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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