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Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick reports that Danny Ainge is trying to move Rajon Rondo in a deal to New Orleans for Chris Paul. Amick’s report picks up on a comment made by Chris Broussard of ESPN yesterday suggesting Ainge would move Rondo for the right player (something which all regular readers of CelticsHub know is true, right?)


Ainge, the sources say, has recently discussed trading Rondo in a deal that nets Paul, but the Hornets don’t appear interested in a two-team deal in which Rondo — who has four years worth approximately $46 million left on his contract — and Paul would switch places. So Ainge has been on the prowl for a third team that could provide the sort of young pieces Hornets general manager Dell Demps would covet as part of his possible rebuilding plan. The more pressing question, of course, is whether Paul, who can become a free agent after this season, would consider signing an extension with Boston.


The Celtics’ modus operandi since Wyc Grousbeck and co. bought the team has been to secure transcendent top-of-the-rotation talent in pursuit of titles. Rondo, while excellent in many respects, is simply not in Paul’s class. See our comments this morning in the 5-on-5. It has long been assumed that Paul will opt out of his contract in the summer of 2012 and relocate to a franchise capable of surrounding him with championship-level talent. That effectively forces the league-owned Hornets to move him lest New Orleans end up like Cleveland and Toronto did after the twin-departures of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010.

So, we’re left with quite a few additional questions, among them:

Can Ainge find the necessary pieces in terms of players and picks to lure Paul from the Hornets?

What team could make a better offer than Boston and what would it look like?

Would Ainge be willing to move a second piece of his core and/or take back the unwieldy contract of Emeka Okafor to secure Paul?

Can you make an educated guess at what Ainge would attempt to do for an encore in the summer of 2012 if he could land Paul before then?

Thoughts below, please.

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  • LStrike

    Rondo has grown to be my very favourite player on the Celtics and in the league in general. That being said, I will welcome CP3 with open arms to the Celtics, given that he wants to sign an extension with Boston. If this trade happens and CP3 leaves, KG's and Ray Ray's contracts expire, we might be looking at lottery picks.

    • Kricky

      good point. But with expiring contracts (KG, Ray, CP3, and JO) we'd have almost $54 million to resign him and entice another free agent to come to Boston (Dwight!)

  • GPat

    I have a feeling any trade with the Hornets will cost the Celtics Ray Allen, a SG, which the Hornets have been searching for like crazy

    • Robo

      "Allen" and "Rebuilding" don't mix

  • Max

    Clippers can offer a much better package and so can the Thunder. Third team needed is not a good sign.

    • Kricky

      CP3 to OKC would make them the title favorite this year. But OKC may want to keep Westbrooke, considering he's younger and less injury prone than CP3 (and will probably still get better).

      LA would be able to offer them Gordon. A nice player, but wouldn't they be better off with RR. It's a PGs league after all.

      • Jax

        Um, the Clippers don't need to offer Gordon (who is on par with RR and will be much better ultimately). they can offer Kaman's expiring $11M deal, one of their two lottery picks for the great draft next year (the Minny pick), and Bledsoe or another youngster. That blows away the the RR offer (which would go absolutely nowhere). CP3 won't to to the Clippers if Gordon is gone and can force that to happen. Why would he want to go to the rapidly aging Celts?

        • Kricky

          Good points, Jax. That does look like a better deal.
          But you forgot about the famous Clipper curse. Let's hope CP3 is superstitious.

          • I_Love_Green

            Clippers are looking to get Dwight first though. He's their first priority, so if Danny really wants to strike this deal he needs to find that third team, and pull the trigger. I just pray he doesn't pull a Knicks and give up everything for one guy.

          • I_Love_Green

            Whelp, forget that idea. Looks like Clippers will enter the sweepstakes.

  • Chris

    I will pray a trade like this happens. With CP3 we already have a chance to win the title this year, but if Dwight were to sign later on we can win for the next few years. Celtics should get Okafor's contract because we are looking for a center anyways and then hopefully use the amnesty clause on him if need be. I love Rondo but unless he really worked on his scoring this past summer and shows it, I will favor CP3.

    • Kricky

      CP3, Ray, Paul, KG and Okafor ( a solid defensive center)!
      We'd be unstoppable!

  • James Patrick

    Let's trade Ainge! IDIOT

    And what makes you all think getting CP3 means keeping the rest of the team intact? lol Idiot Ainge is about to strike again.

  • James Patrick

    Also, what happened to loyalty?????????????????????????

    • Morpheus

      Got replaced with championship rings….lol.

  • I_Love_Green

    Not gonna lie, I'd cry if Rondo was traded. I've watched him grow from a rookie fighting for playing time, to an all star on a championship contending team. However, Rondo for CP3 (with an extension signed prior to the trade being finalized) would put us in a great position for the post-Big 3 era, and also would increase our chances to win it all this year.

    But damn, it would be so hard to part ways with Rondo.

    • LStrike

      I with you 100% on this one. I love Rondo.

      • I_Love_Green

        Batman would need a hug or 2 if this trade happened though Haha.

        • Batman

          don't go there……
          only for the best would i trade this man

    • I have a feeling that if Rondo gets traded, he torches the C's in every meeting after that.

  • James Patrick

    did you guys see this on espn…. After last season's playoffs, the Celtics offered Rondo and Jeff Green to Oklahoma City for Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins, sources have told Broussard.

    REALLY AINGE? So basically, Rondo for Westbrook.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Only judge a GM by what he's doing for you now, not what he did for you 4 years ago!

    • I was coming over here to post the exact same thing. It blew my mind. If that had happened, there would no longer have been a Celticshub.com, just a gigantic mushroom cloud from this corner of the internet.

    • Kricky

      Basically Ainge begging for a do-over on the Perk trade.
      But why would he think that they'd even go for that?

      • I_Love_Green

        Atleast he realizes he messed up. He could redeem himself big time by pulling something like this off.

  • ripsonics

    Do It.

    Trade JG and Rondo for Paul.

    Sign Brandon Roy and Jamal Crawford. BRoy is cheap, and you can use the MLE on Crawford if needed. Use the rest of the money on another big. Time to GO

    • Kricky

      pass that pipe over here when you are finished. LOL

      • ripsonics

        hah… i may be blowing smoke about the broy and crawford… thats more wishful thinking. but you go nba trade machine, and jg and rondo work for paul – especially because they wont take rondo straight up.

        • Mark

          The trade may work on ESPN's fancy site but in the real world Rondo and a mediocre player (Jeff Green) isn't enough to pry Paul (a clear top ten guy) from the Hornets.

          • Morpheus

            Top 10? more like top 3.

        • For the record, don't use the NBA trade machine until the new CBA has been put into the system. It won't be accurate until then.

  • James Patrick

    You know something. There's something special about being a Celtic's fan. I'd rather lose a shortened season with the core and the heart of a team that got us there the first time, rebuild next season. Let's trade Green back for Perk. He'd rather be there anyway and we know Perk bleeds Celtic Green. I'd kill to see our starting 5 back together for one more run. And a 66 game season? It's what some of you thought would help our aging team But i love our guys so much. Ainge is just a bit trigger happy and it's making me sick.

    • Morpheus

      I'd definitely consider trading back for Perk, and i don't care if i look like a fool doing it either(Danny).

  • Rob

    rondo and baby for chris paul would be a dream come true but not likely to happen, and it's not like you can just add chris paul and watch the offense go. Rondo's the only point guard in the league who can keep the big three happy and with a shortened season and offseason there's not gonna be a lot of time to get these guys in sync.

  • rob

    also al jefferson's on the block…pipe dream, or what?

    • mike

      big al would be awesome to bring back.

  • Julien

    rondo and jeff green for chris paul isn't a bad deal, maybe if Ainge adds goodies to the package like draft picks or adds another team to the deal. I like rondo but he kinda disappointed me last year, and he's got such a poor jump shot, and he sucks so bad at shooting free throws that I won't miss those aspects of his game.

  • CG12

    Please let this happen. I have soured a bit on Rondo. He is not a good fit with the Cs current model. He would be best somewhere like the Clips, where he could run around like a maniac with a bunch of other young, athletic guys. The Cs need a steady floor leader who can shoot. Rondo will never be that guy.

  • Batman

    Danny just likes trolling other GMs

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