Rajon Rondo trade rumors are starting to pick up again. The Boston Celtics are getting plenty of calls about Rajon Rondo, leading to the NBA trade rumors that won't seem to go away. According to a report from Thursday (Jan. 30), a lot of calls have been coming in to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. He claims, though, that none of them have been serious enough for the front office to pull the trigger on anything.
The biggest mystery right now is just what the market value is for the former NBA All-Star. He has just recently returned from knee surgery and still isn't back to full-strength. That might have teams waiting to see if he can get back to where he was one of the best distributors in the league. The executives in Boston have to be hoping that as well, whether the end-game is to trade one of their biggest assets or not.
Addressing the many Rajon Rondo trade rumors, Ainge weighed in with his opinion on the situation. He stated, "I think everybody’s just sort of fishing right now. I don’t think that they’re anticipating anything happening. And this is the time of the year where everyone is just sort of putting their toe in the water and getting started. I think everybody’s just sort of fishing right now. I think everybody is wondering if he’s just – because he’s hurt or the team’s not doing as well, (a team thinks it might be able to) steal him away. I don’t think there’s anything serious yet."
It's true that there haven't been many eye-popping moves or numbers from the point guard in his return. Through six games this season, Rondo has averaged 24.3 minutes a night. He is averaging 6.7 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. Those are pretty good numbers for someone coming back from that injury, but they haven't been good enough to help a struggling team.
Heading into Friday (Jan. 31), the Boston Celtics have lost four in a row and eight of their last 10 games. They have fallen to 15-33 on the season, which has the team mired in 13th place within the Eastern Conference. It's also the third worst record in the entire NBA. The team is clearly heading to the lottery at the 2014 NBA Draft, so nabbing another first round pick or two could really help them out. If the team doesn't start winning games, expect even more Rajon Rondo trade rumors to surface.
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