Here are my feelings as a complete Celtics homer...
Rondo is an elite perimiter defender, an unquestionably brilliant distributor, and probably one of the best triple double threats in the league night in and night out. This is not even to mention that he has proved himself in the playoffs..already being an nba champion, upping his numbers come playoff time, and lets be honest...willingly playing with one arm for most of the Heat series last year. Undeniable toughness.
That being said....i don't think we can win another title given our current roster with Rondo on the squad. Maybe not in the regular season every night, but without a doubt teams simply sag off him in the playoffs, and play the rest of the Celtics (big 3) accordingly. Alot of People (including myself) who are always whining that the Celtics probably would have won the '10 finals had Kendrick Perkins been healthy, are probably ignoring the fact that our offense went completly stagnant in the 4th quarter aka cruch time. Alot of this was because the Lakers decided to play their percentages, realizing Rondo wasn't comfortable shooting a top of the key jumpshot.
Despite Danny Ainge publically experessing he would be willing to make a deal involving trading components of Boston's "Big 3", my gut tells me he wants to win 1 more championship to cement Garnett,Allen, espeicially Pierce's leagacies. IMO the best way of going about this would be to TRADE Rajon Rondo. To be honest, i'm not knowlegeable about salaries/contracts, so i'm asking you guys...what "if anything makes sense/what are some possibilities????" I think Rondo would generate incredible trade value, and i think he could ideally net us a young scorer...
My logic behind us is this..the only reason to hold onto Rondo is for the future...OBVIOUSLY the Celtics want to win another ring, if possible. But i think that even after adding another stud, him and Rondo won't be enough to contend for a title. It woud take another 3-4 years for the celtics to rebuild their roster?? by that time Rondo would already be past his pirme....
One idea that popped into my head (despite the fact that it could end up to bite us in the rear) would be to trade Rondo to the Lakers for Andew Bynum. That would give us a great piece for the future+ could help us imeditatly. I realize it dosent make the most SENSE to trade Rondo, but i think the possibilities could be undeniably very INTERESTING
Its usually not the best thing to trade a small for a big, because it leaves both sides without one of the key pieces to building any team. If the Celtics did trade Rondo for Bynum who would start at point? Bradly? The Celtics tried this while Rondo was hurt, did it work? No, Bradly mostly provided defense but not nearly enough offense. Bradly is still learning the NBA game and needs a little more experience before he starts at PG in this league. (If he ever plays there, he may just be better off playing as 6th man guard off the bench for his entire career. One thing that the Celtics could try is to trade Rondo along with Ray Allen for Bynum (or a different big) as well as a PG. If this happens the Celtics could start Pietrus in place of Allen. The Celtics also did this when Allen was hurt, and the results were much better then Bradley starting at point. Pietrus was not an immediate replacement but at least Pietrus did somewhat well to compensate for Allen's injury. I know you are against trading one of big three in order to get the Celtics another championship but it may be the Celtics only chance because trading a small for a big never works for either team.
Centers are endangered and there is no way we are giving up a young AS footer for Rondo. All due respect, Rondo is a baller and a Top 5 pg but the disparity between PG 1-5 and 10-15 is much much less than C 1-5 and 10-15. I'm talking Rose,Paul, Rondo, to Lawson, Lin, Sessions. Point is you can get away with a lesser pg in the right situations. When your talking Centers who you can/would want to build a franchise around you only have a handful you can choose from.
We don't need a AS point, especially if we have to give up a big(gasol bynum). All we are asking for is a Point who can push tempo, pass fairly well, and is capable of playing defense (Sessions).
Lakers aren't dealing w/ or to Celtics anyway.
Since westbrook wants to be a star player, i would like to see a westbrook for rondo trade. rondo would benefit playing with durant. westbrook in a couple years could be the face of the celtics for years to come. The celtics would have to give up an additional piece to make this possible maybe a first rounder or something like that.
i agree with everyone in here. specially with ^. rondo for westbrook seems like it would make both teams better to tell you the truth. and i've been a fan of this trade for quite a while a now!!
Since westbrook wants to be a star player
This is a pivotal year for Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics. He has had the role of leader, and the trust inherent with that role, bestowed upon him from all who matter in Boston. If Rondo can prove that he is worthy, that the blips and blunders of the past are truly part of his past, the this year's Celtics team, and those teams for the next near decade, will be led quite well.
“(John) is more of a two/one than a one/two,” Casey said. “He is one of our best three-point shooters. He is one of those guys who knows how to play. He has been through the wars. I think he is going to be a pleasant surprise. I know John is going to make a case for himself and it is going to be hard to keep him off of the court.”
Keeping the pressure on Fields and Kleiza will be Alan Anderson, Dominic McGuire and rookie Quincy Acy. Anderson won a job in Toronto with his three-point shooting and defense last season and McGuire has impressed at training camp.
“JV will get his playing time because he deserves to be there, not because we are called to develop him,” Casey said. “We are going to throw him into the fire, not to give him experience, but because he can help us win. He is good enough to throw in the fire and learn on the job without saying we are putting him in there to develop. He is past that.”
The Clippers got together at USC Galen Center on Wednesday evening to give their fans a glimpse of the revamped roster. The open scrimmage was packed with a lively crowd to watch an informal but spirited pair of 12-minute halves.
The night started with warm-up drills that showed Chauncey Billups looking like Chauncey Billups. He didn’t scrimmage and isn’t ready to play, but his level of activity and mobility was a good sign for those awaiting his return from what was a major Achilles injury.
He, by no means, looked overweight but equally, he’s not where he’ll be in a month’s time.
“I totally changed my shot, working with our shooting coach,” said Jordan. “I’m still working but I feel like I’ve improved a lot.”
As good as Horford was, Drew didn't his center's timing was there.
"I mean, I've always felt I've been one of the leaders of the team," Horford said. "And this year it's no different for me, I guess you can say. Josh (Smith), myself, Zaza find ourselves where we're in a position where we are the older guys. The other guys talk about who's playing, who's doing what. We can definitely can relate to that, especially some of the veterans who came from other teams but yeah you can say that."
That seemed to be the concern among most fans, and they can stop worrying. His conditioning is no longer an issue.
Pargo is a bit of a good-natured prankster and just generally fun to be around. But his coach is a fan because of the way Pargo pushes the ball in practice.