Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo has reportedly asked for a trade (his camp has denied those rumors). That has led to speculation about where Rondo could wind up but the Celtics don’t seem all that interested in trading him at the moment.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes the Celtics have “at least a chance” to re-sign Rondo.
Well, it depends. If I’m Rondo and I’m deciding, I’d go somewhere I can win a championship right away. I’ve already torn an ACL once, and time is fleeting. So any contending team with a chance to get me next summer should come after me. If I’m you, Danny, I hold on to him as long as I can. If the C’s play better this season with a full season of Rondo, improved play from their young guys, and the injection of Marcus Smart into the lineup, I think I have at least a chance to re-sign Rondo next summer. So I’m not trading him until the deadline, at least.
If the Celtics are that serious about keeping Rondo, then Myron is right – start the season and see how things play out. Of course, it could be in their best interest to continue to rebuild around their young talent and use Rondo to acquire even more.
Last season, Rondo averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 40.3% from the field, 28.9% from beyond the arc and 62.7% from the free throw line. Rondo was originally selected by the Celtics with the 21st-overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. In his eight-year career, he has averaged 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.
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