Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo has reportedly asked for a trade and the speculation about which teams could make a real play for Rondo.
Dylan Hughes of our own Eight Points, Nine Seconds wonders if the Pacers could get into the mix for Rondo.
Larry Bird has made it clear that the Pacers will not be tanking this year, and he seems willing to ship Roy Hibbert away, as he reportedly offered the All-Star center for Greg Monroe and Goran Dragic at different points in the summer.
A straight-up swap with Rondo and Hibbert works, but Ainge may want more than that, given that Roy can opt out of his contract next summer. And Bird might not be willing to give up more than that.
Yes, he reportedly did offer up Chris Copeland and some cash along with Big Roy for Dragic, but Dragic will also only make $7.5 million this upcoming season. Acquiring talent is on Bird’s mind, but so is having some more cushion with the salary cap.
Rondo 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 while. He appeared in just 30 games as he returned from his ACL injury last season. Rondo was originally selected by the Celtics with the 21st-overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and has put up 11.1 points, 8.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 47.5% from the floor, 25.2% from three and 62.1% from the free throw line in his eight-year career.
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