Rajon Rondo Wants Out of Boston?
There had been whispers for months that the Boston Celtics could potentially trade star point guard Rajon Rondo, but we didn’t hear much from Rondo, himself. Until now.
According to multiple reports, Rondo has informed the Celtics that he “wants out” and would likely to be traded. A trade is the only option, as releasing a talent like Rondo is clearly out of the question.
Most NBA teams have done the work to lock up the point guard role by now, but Rondo’s sudden availability should certainly field some phone calls. Boston themselves have remained steadfast in their denial of any possible Rondo trade rumors, but if this latest word of Rondo actually saying he wants a trade is as legit as it appears, a move could be coming quickly.
Several teams had been loosely tied to Rondo trade rumors earlier in the off-season, as the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers were both on the hunt for massive point guard upgrades. The Kings have since added Darren Collison to their roster, while the Pacers may not be so gung ho about beefing up their roster for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season now that their title hopes have dwindled with the loss of Paul George (broken leg).
Rondo had previously been quiet about his intentions, as he had held out hope that the Celtics would pull enough strings to land a stud like Kevin Love (who was interested in coming to Boston prior to being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers).
The Love rumors died down and Boston hasn’t done much else to improve a young roster since, which has likely prompted Rondo to spice up trade talks. A trade only makes sense at this point, too, considering Rondo is in a contract year. Should Boston balk at his trade demands, he could walk freely after the season and the team would get nothing in return.
While nothing is set in stone just yet, numerous teams should be involved in Rajon Rondo rumors in the coming days and weeks. For now we can probably safely assume Rondo would prefer to be dealt to a true playoff contender, as well as somewhere he’d like to sign a long-term deal.
That’s likely going to rule the Kings out (although there have been whispers that he’d like to play with DeMarcus Cousins), but any other playoff contender in need of point guard help could be a legit landing spot. At the moment, that could put Nets, Mavericks, Rockets, Pacers, Heat and possibly even the Knicks in the conversation for a trade.
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