Post-game Reactions

Our weekly 5-on-5 will be up later this afternoon, but in the meantime, Chad Ford, who has had a curiously accurate read on Danny Ainge’s plans in the past, has a piece up listing the most likely impact players to be moved by next week’s trade deadline. Rajon Rondo is the headliner:

1. Rajon Rondo, G, Celtics
I know the Celtics are saying Rondo isn’t going anywhere. But there are two problems with that. (1) It doesn’t jibe with what a number of NBA GMs are saying based on conversations they’ve had with Celtics president Danny Ainge. (2) Ainge isn’t stupid. He doesn’t want to trade Rondo, but Rondo is the best chip he has to play right now.

If Ainge waits and does nothing, the Celtics will be a middling lottery team without much hope next season — in the same spot where Ainge inherited them a few years ago. He doesn’t want to go back there. If he can get two pieces back for Rondo, I think he’ll do it. Atlanta, Portland and Indiana are interesting destinations if they are willing to pay.

One thing you’ll notice today is that a number of teams are indicating they intend to make no moves, that they’re happy with what they have and so on and so forth. This is S.O.P. a week from the deadline even if it proves true. Boston (and Atlanta, Portland and Indiana for that matter) may end up standing pat but you can safely ignore the rhetoric and know there are phone calls aplenty behind the scenes and any number of scenarios that could materialize.

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  • I think at this point imagining having Rondo after the deadline is a fantasy. I'm far more inclined to believe the dozens and dozens of rumors over Danny. The real question is what are we going to get in return: Impact players that won't hurt our cap space next season or some cheaper, younger players with a lot of potential?

  • Lantrell Walker

    After his performance since the All-Star break ended, Rondo has shown that there's no way that if Danny Ainge (stupidly) tries to trade him, the C's can/will get equal value back. Word of advice for DA: you've got the toughest, purest PG in the NBA who has the potential to be a cornerstone/franchise player down the line. Stick with him & his bright future and STOP TRYING TO FIX WHAT AIN'T BROKE.

    • janos

      Hi Latrell, is Janos
      Trade Rondos very complicate maters. Team Manager will confer other team, also our web manager team, and such get best return for player. i not want either , trade, but some time Manger have to looking options for future team win.

      is about name jersey front, not jersey name back.

      • Lantrell Walker

        But that's the thing about it Janos, trading Rondo will definitely hurt our future. There really isn't a proposed trade out there that really helps the Celtics in any way. Rondo for Gasol only helps the Lakers tie the C's in titles & Ray Allen to the Clippers cripples and reformats our offense, not to mention how much it lessens the amount of pressure we put on opposing defenses.

        • janos

          Rondos best player, NBA. He will colect the king ransom.

  • High Rollers

    Bill Simmons asked for more motivational Rondo trade chatter, and he (unsurprisingly) received. BOS@LAL this Sunday should be somethin’. I guess we have to deal with Portland first though.

  • Sethesq

    I don't want to trade Rondo in large part because I'm afraid it will come back to haunt us. That is, I still think he can turn into a top 5 player in the league by improving his focus and his shot (mostly at the line). But that's what's so frustrating about him- we shouldn't be talking about potential with a player who has won a title and is in his sixth season! …But that's still what it is. While he's shown us many times that at his best he is an absolute monster, most nights he is average at best. It's infuriating.

    • LACelticFan

      I think sometimes the defers to the thre hof guys to try and get the last bit of greatness out of them.

  • Mike

    Honestly, this couldn't be less of a story. Chad Ford is speculating that Rondo could be traded because the Celtics are having a bad season and are about to rebuild. Danny has made it clear that while he is not actively shopping Rondo that he has to listen to any deal. And I actually believe him. Entertaining trade scenarios is completely different than actively trying to trade someone. I absolutely cannot stand the NBA trading deadline anymore, its just a bunch of hack reports speculating with no good information. I have a question to all of these people that think Rondo is going to be traded or should be traded: Give me one legit trade scenario that makes sense for both sides. Just because he is our best asset doesn't mean he has to be moved. He is our best asset = he is our best player. LeBron is Miamis best asset, should they trade him because of that? Kevin Love is Minnesotas best asset, should they trade him because of that? Wake me up when theres a real report with facts and good sources behind it. Until then everyone needs to shut the hell up.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Here, here man

  • I just came through to thumbs up Janos. I don't care much for the trade talk until it happens

  • LACelticFan

    I just don’t see how trading our best player will be beneficial to us the remainder of this season and for the future of the organization. Rondo brings a ton of talent that you usually trade for not away. And if his OLDER teammates are tired of playing him, its because they know they fit his style of play. They are the transplants, except Pierce, of course. Again I say entertain the calls but stand pat. Moore and Johnson are better players than most of the draftees are right now. They need more minutes onthe court.

  • LACelticFan

    Again all of these rumors have to be making an impact on Rondo. But in this current stretch of games we are 5-1. And Rondo has been the catalyst. I will take 5-1, for the remainder scheduled games every 6 games. lol leaving us at 40-22. If we are so lucky. Hey concerning all these rumors who do you trust: David Aldridge, Chris Broussard, or Chad Ford?

    • CelticsBIG3

      None of them.

  • Red Aurbach

    Time to trade or fire Danny Ainge