According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Danny Ainge is going to need to see a package that makes his jaw drop to the floor before considering a deal.
“Rival executives believe Celtics president Danny Ainge would have to be blown away by an offer to move point guard Rajon Rondo,” Berger wrote.
In addition to that, Ainge is quick to defend Rondo’s improved play as a reason to keep him for the future and using him as a building block.
“I feel like Rondo is making incredible strides as a player, as a leader, as a teammate, and as a player in every way — offense and defense — it’s almost as silly to me as when the Patriots lose two games and people want to blame Tom Brady. When you’re the best player on a team that’s not living up to your expectations, you’re a hot topic.”
As much as the Celtics look like a shell of their former self, trading your best player, who is signed to an affordable long-term deal and in the prime of his career, doesn’t make a lot of sense.
The Celtics aren’t in a terrible spot, they just have to make a few moves—either before the trade deadline or in the offseason—to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.
For them to do that, Rondo has to be the player running the offense. His shooting is still the weakest part of his game, but he has gotten much better at finding ways to create high-percentage shots.
Of all the problems that the Celtics have, Rondo is not one of them. Attitude and character questions aside, he is their best player, and it is not particularly close. Trading him would be giving away any chance the team has to compete for playoff spots in the next few seasons.
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