For every NBA team, there is a writer–or several–that is deeply connected with the franchise. They key in on all inside information, reveals news and rumors before it happens, and have close ties to the front office. For the Boston Celtics franchise, Jackie Macmillan, Boston Globe writer for 20 years, is one of those writers, so when she speaks on what the Celtics internal thoughts, many take her word for it.
And this time her word has to do with star point guard Rajon Rondo who has reportedly demanded a trade for the Boston Celtics.
“Oh, I hope so. Just get it done. And it will happen because he’s told them he wants out,” said MacMullan And no one believes me, but that’s the truth. And I don’t see how you get 80 cents on the dollar for him.”
There are no guarantees that the Celtics proceed with Rondo’s wishes to be traded–if true–though Rondo’s upcoming free agency could force them to make a deal before they want to.
It’s hard to pinpoint a destination for Rondo. The Sacramento Kings seemed like a prime spot as they dangled Isaiah Thomas and last years lottery pick in Ben McLemore as trade bait, but reports of Rondo being unwilling to re-sign in Sacramento following this season cut talks. Now Isaiah Thomas is a member of the Phoenix Suns, lessening what Sacramento could offer for the Celtics point guard if they chose to continue pursuit.
Another name that’ll surely be tied to Rondo and the Celtics is still-free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe. If the Boston Celtics think Bledsoe is worth the max contract he and his agent are seeking, the two teams could possibly work out a sign-and-trade that sends Bledsoe to play alongside Avery Bradley and 2014 lottery pick Marcus Smart in the backcourt while Rondo shares the backcourt with Thomas and Goran Dragic in Phoenix.
No one knows how this is going to play out, but Danny Ainge has made it known he’s willing to trade pieces from the franchises brief glory days with the Big 3. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were both traded. Rajon Rondo could be next in line.