We all know how this goes now. Team X is interested in Rondo, and they are offering a mediocre package of players X, Y and Z. The latest comes from the NY Daily News with this nugget:
“Of course, the Knicks primary target is Rondo, Boston’s All Star point guard who is currently recovering from knee surgery. The Knicks have been trying to trade Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the rebuilding Celtics has yet to show much interest. Unless the Celtics are blown away with an offer it’s hard to imagine Celtics GM Danny Ainge trading his best player, Rondo, to the rival Knicks.”
I wonder what they mean by complicated? The fact that it is a horrible deal for the Celtics and they would have zero interest in being involved in this trade? Yeah, that would sure make things complicated from their end.
Danny Ainge responded to these rumours today emphatically denying any interest in parting with our 4-time All-Star point guard, calling him “the centrepiece of our future”, he then expanded – “Guys that are starting All-Star players just don’t come around. The special players, the transcendent players in our league, are very difficult to find and acquire. We believe Rondo is one of those guys. He’s a very special player. We value him a great deal.”
He finally closed with:
“What’s real is, he’s going nowhere, that’s what’s real.”
This is as strong as a statement that you will get from Danny. He is sending a message to the league – Rondo is our STAR, everyone is available at a certain price, but, do not offer garbage and expect us to jump on it. As I have touched on in a past article – unless Danny is getting blown away with an offer he cannot refuse, Rondo is not going anywhere.
Whilst the Celtics are not interested in trading Rondo for New York’s off-cuts, Chris Broussard from ESPN has tweeted the following:
While C’s not moving Rondo, they would take back Amare in deal n which they could unload longer deals of Gerald Wallace &/or Courtney Lee
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 18, 2013
This is an intriguing possibility. New York have regretted signing Amar’e to that behemoth contract ($100 million over 5 years) since the end of his first season as a Knick. Including this season, he has 2 years left ($21m this year and $23m next), he has just come off more surgery on his knees and is now placed on a strict minutes restriction. With Carmelo’s free agency pending, New York are desperate to rid themselves of Stoudemire’s contract and add some players that might make them better short term. A trade of, say – Bass, Lee, Gerald Wallace & maybe Bogans’ expiring could be enough to get it done. For New York, this is a short term move that may set them back in the longer term, as both Wallace and Lee’s contract run for an extra year after Stoudemire’s contract ends.
Why would the Celtics do this? Purely financial. In the long term, executing a trade like this will give the Celtics a boat load of cap space heading into the 2015/2016, allowing them to sign multiple max-level players in that off-season. In the short term, this frees up the logjam at both the shooting guard and power forward position, allowing the Celtics to play/develop their young players.
This would ultimately make the Celtics for this current season a weaker team – but with the potential of keeping Rondo, playing our youth, and getting a higher draft pick in a stacked draft, is that such a bad thing?
What are your thoughts on the circulating rumours? What do you think Danny Ainge should do?