The MLB Trade Deadline is not too far away, so the inspiration to play with a Rajon Rondo trade-scenario is quite simple.
Now before I go any further, let me explain that I love Rondo, his game, and how he leads this team that desperately needs direction from the combination of him and coach Brad Stevens. That being said, Danny Ainge may be hearing some offers that could peak his interest into moving his start point guard to continue to rebuild this roster.
Here are two trade scenarios that may at least warrant a phone call from Ainge to the interested GMs:
Future 1st-round pick
Future rights to swap 1st-round picks
G Rajon Rondo
Future 2nd-round pick
Sacramento has made it clear of two things; they want to win now and they want Rondo. This song and dance has been going on for over a year and as long as the Kings will park with two picks and take another contract then Boston may take them seriously.
Now the talent haul isn’t great for Boston. McLemore hasn’t adjusted well to the NBA just yet but does show promise, while Williams is a backup PF at best. His contract is up after this year, so if they don’t like what they see, he is out of there. Terry will be bought out, or if he is really nice he could retire. Either way the Celtics would be clearing a lot of cap space for next offseason while also picking up more first-round picks to move in the future.
F/C John Henson
Future 1st-round pick OR Nate Wolters and rights to swap picks
G Rajon Rondo
This is the dream-team for Ainge to try and trade Rondo to, considering they don’t have a true point guard or leader and are looking to unload Ilyasova’s contract. The Bucks have a lot of expendable talent and should be peaking around to see if they can add a veteran piece if they want to try and compete this year in a weaker Eastern Conference. Boston would get the rangy interior defender they need in Henson, who also has a good offensive game to go with Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. If they could pry away another young player from the Bucks great, but Henson, Ilyasova and a draft choice would be a solid haul based on the current trade market.