COMMENTARY | The Rajon Rondo rumors probably won't stop until after the trade deadline.
The star point guard has yet to take the floor for the Boston Celtics this season, but his name has been thrown around in plenty of trade rumors. Publicly, Danny Ainge has maintained that he intends to keep Rondo as the franchise cornerstone. Whether or not Ainge truly believes this and doesn't look to trade Rondo is another story.
The latest team to be thrown into the Rondo rumors? Strangely enough, the Sacramento Kings, according to the Latino Post. The team that just traded for Rudy Gay would be throwing a huge amount of its roster at the Celtics in this proposal, where Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson, and two first-round picks would be swapped for Rondo.
Don't hold your breath, folks.
Isaiah Thomas is a very good point guard, and Ben McLemore has potential to be a solid scorer in the league. The first-round picks would be great, but this is about where the good news ends. The Celtics would be stuck paying Thompson $6.75 million through 2016-2017, according to HoopsHype. Thompson and Thornton would bring very little to Boston; the Celtics would have to dump Gerald Wallace on the Kings to take them back.
It's an interesting deal, and you have to give the Kings credit for trying to make some moves as a small-market team. This deal probably won't happen, although we know Danny Ainge loves to have draft picks.
Side note: Imagine Rondo, Gay, and DeMarcus Cousins trying to play together? The dysfunction would be unbelievable. A fight between Cousins and Rondo would seem inevitable.
At this point, the Celtics will probably wait to see how Rondo looks when he returns before rushing into anything. Of course, the rumors will never end.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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