Apr 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) lying injured on the court during the first quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo?

Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is behind us, the Boston Celtics have a decision to make about team captain and point guard Rajon Rondo.

Fine, the decision doesn’t have to be made today, but it does have to happen before the trade deadline of this year or next. Marcus Smart and James Young, the latest additions to the Celtics roster, give Boston a lot of depth in the backcourt, something they haven’t had in a really long time when you think about it (Do Kenny Anderson, Tony Delk, Dana Barros, Eric Strickland, eh you get the point…).

Even if both Smart and Young don’t reach expectations, odds are they will provide decent enough play in the coming years. But if the club really likes Smart, which they must because they drafted him above Noah Vonleh and Julius Randle, they are going to listen more seriously to offers for star Rajon Rondo.

But why?

Rondo is going to be a max-contract player after his current deal is up, assuming he stays healthy. For some reason I don’t see Ainge giving him that contract if he doesn’t have another star on the squad. The catch-22 is that one of the few ways he can attract a big name is whether they hit the jackpot with a draft pick from a Rondo trade, or perhaps include Rondo in a deal to bring a different superstar to the team.

To me, this could be a costly mistake on the part of Ainge and the front office. Rondo can be the second-best player on a championship team and whatever Boston gets for him wouldn’t be a fair deal. That is most likely why no trade has been made yet and is why we are where we are today. But finally Ainge has a bit of a insurance in terms of talented guards that could help his case.

As the years go on and Jeff Green and Brandon Bass collect their paychecks and move closer to new destinations, Ainge should see that he can dole out a max-deal to Rondo without surrendering the cap flexibility he so desires. When Rondo’s contract is up, Green and Bass should be gone (Green has a $9.2 million player-option, which he could decline assuming he’s healthy), and there is only expected to be $24 million on the books, which includes Gerald Wallace‘s expiring contract.

So please Danny, keep Rondo and give him the deal he wants. Celtics fans love the way he plays and he is an easy player to get behind, well as long as he is on your squad. What do you think?

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  • OVP66223

    Rondo is just not worth anything close to a max deal. What can he do if the team isn’t loaded? He can’t shoot, he drives hard to the basket for a quarter and takes the other 3 quarters off, and his defense isn’t as good as it should be given his speed and long arms. He loses his own man FAR too often in the quest to pad his steals stats, roaming the paint like a free safety.

    I liked Rondo alot, but he is what he is and that is just a good PG that needs two or three really good players around him to be very good and intermittently great. You can only dole out so many max deals and if you give Rondo one, you limit yourself to one more with solid role players (not enough to make you a contender) or maybe two more with nearly all minimum salary dredge role players. I’d rather pay younger PG much less, have two solid PGs and place that max money on a SG or SF and a PF or C.

    I would rather Ainge trade him if a deal is too good to pass up. If not, sign and trade next year…keep him for near max money and set the Celtics on a course for 7th/8th seed area of no-mans-land. No lottery chances and annual first round beatings.