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Trading Rajon Rondo is ‘not a high priority’ for Celtics despite rumors

Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket in front of Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 30, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket in front of Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 30, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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There have been constant trade rumors swirling around Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo over the last couple years, but those rumors have been stronger with the team drafting Marcus Smart in the NBA draft and the team losing out on the Kevin Love sweepstakes. With Rondo approaching free agency after this upcoming season, a trade would make sense, but according to a report by Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe Sunday, moving Rondo is “not a high priority” for the Celtics.

If there is no trade, that means Rondo will be allowed to test free agency and as Washburn reports, the Celtics point guard “fully intends on taking the LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony tour of teams.” Although a trade would appear to be the best choice for the Celtics, it is unlikely Rondo would sign an extension with a team interested in him. Therefore, any potential suitor would be taking a risk by trading for Rondo.

The Celtics are also trying to determine if Rondo is apart of their future. His experience can help some of the younger players and if he is able to fully return from ACL surgery and become the player he was before the injury, Rajon Rondo can be a very valuable asset for a rebuilding team. Of course, he would have to have the patience want to stay in Boston on a team not going anywhere fast.

The team would also have the option of trading Rondo at the February trading deadline. That could be when Rondo is at his most valuable. There could be a contending team in need of a point guard to get them over the hump. That’s where Rondo’s championship experience could be of high value. As of now, however, Rondo appears to be remaining a Celtic, unless a team makes an offer they can’t refuse.