While most of the focus in the past two weeks has centered on the possibility of dealing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to contenders, Danny Ainge may still be open to offers on Boston’s other injured All-Star. Chris Broussard of ESPN.com has insisted for a few days now that his sources are telling him Rajon Rondo could be had in the right deal and that tune has not changed today with less than 48 hours until the trade deadline.
Rival GMs insist Rondo’s available. Could they pry Josh away from ATL w/out giving up Pierce or KG? Jeff Green would be good fit in ATL
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 20, 2013
CH’s Take: Even though he is out for the season, Rondo is currently still Boston’s best asset overall, as he is signed for two more years after this season for under market value. If a current middle-of-the-road or lottery team is interested in giving out on the rest of their season, they could deal for Rondo, which will also serve the dual purpose of allowing the Celtics a realistic chance to make some noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs this spring and build for the future with a different set of building blocks than Rondo.
Is a deal likely to come about in the next two days? It’s hard to think so, given the relative uncertainty surrounding Rondo’s health situation, as well as the fact that Ainge would demand a stellar offer to trade away one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Danny has said himself though that he’s been busier than ever this week. Given that he is exploring trade scenarios for nearly every stud player on the Boston roster, it’s safe to say Ainge will continue to do his due diligence until Thursday at 3pm ET. Stay tuned folks.