COMMENTARY | Rajon Rondo hasn't played in an NBA game since tearing his ACL last season, although it looks like he may be close to returning. He will come back to a much different team, as the Boston Celtics finally hit the reset button this past offseason.
There has been plenty of talk about the Celtics trading their star point guard. The team could surely get a nice package in return, particularly if it can get some picks in a loaded 2014 draft class.
According to a report, many around the NBA believe Danny Ainge will look to trade Rondo once he returns from injury and proves to other teams that he is healthy. The Celtics just sent away Courtney Lee, and if this report is true, it doesn't appear like Ainge intends on slowing down. Of course, this would be a much bigger move.
There's been speculation about Rondo's future in Boston for quite some time. Some believe that he's simply a player with inflated assist totals due to having three future Hall of Famers around him, and many have questioned his character. There's also concern, and rightfully so, about how he will return from a torn ACL.
It's important to note that the report cites "NBA circles," and not necessarily any NBA executives. Using "NBA circles" certainly leaves plenty up to interpretation.
Unfortunately, for the Celtics, there are a lot of very good point guards around the league. This will likely deflate Rondo's value a little, as the need simply doesn't exist for certain teams.
It would be interesting to see what the market for Rondo is. If this report is true, maybe we'll find out.
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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