Rajon Rondo trade rumors have suddenly surfaced. A Boston Celtics trade of Rondo could take place before the Feb. 21 deadline, as reported by ESPN on Wednesday morning (Feb. 20). Apparently Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has made Rondo available and he is trying to determine the value of his starting point guard.
While a deal involving the All-Star point guard may seem far-fetched, it would certainly shake things up in Boston. Rondo is out for the rest of the season with a torn left ACL, so if Ainge is trying to make one last run at a title with this group, trading the point guard for someone the team can use right now might be an option. That would risk the future of the team, though, so another franchise is going to need to offer a significant asset or two in any deal.
Any team that takes on Rondo has to absorb his contract as well, with the point guard set to make $12 million next season and then $13 million in the 2014-15 season. He isn't too expensive in the scheme of things, but it means that teams high in payroll already won't have that much room to move around if they were to acquire Rondo.
Sources speaking to ESPN about Rajon Rondo trade rumors state that a deal is unlikely, but that won't stop fans from wondering exactly what an injured Rondo could net on the trade market. Could the New Orleans Hornets offer Eric Gordon? Would the Indiana Pacers part with Danny Granger? Do the Celtics even want to trade one of their best young assets? There are far more questions than answers at this point and even though it's interesting to see Rondo's name come up again, the NBA trade deadline will probably pass with him still wearing green.
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