If you are on this site, chances are you are pretty accustomed to Rajon Rondo trade rumors, so we won’t beat you over the head with them here. That said, they are surfacing once again, so here is the latest chatter from around the internet.
First, the cost: According to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, the asking price is two unprotected first-rounders, but that seems to be at least somewhat flexible, depending on what else the team is willing to give up.
The first concrete rumor (which may be an oxymoron) comes from the Toronto Sun’s Ryan Wolstat: The Raptors are one of the teams rumored to be interested in Rondo. Presumably, Kyle Lowry would be involved in the deal, although whether he would go to Boston or not is unclear (the Raptors could, for instance, offer their own 2014 pick and the pick of another team who would receive Lowry).
If Lowry ended up in Boston, one would hope that his current hot stretch has more to do with a combination of maturation and skill progression than it does his upcoming free agency. Presumably, the Celtics would also like some kind of assurance that Lowry wouldn’t bolt in that free agency — losing Rondo for nothing would be a bad look for Danny Ainge.
Apparently, one potential trade has already been shot down, and it’s an iteration of a trade proposal we saw earlier this season. Via Marc Spears’ power rankings:
Source said Kings and C’s discussed a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rajon Rondo, but Rondo wasn’t interested in re-signing with Sacramento and the Kings strongly value McLemore.
It’s interesting that the Kings don’t value McLemore enough to keep him out of this deal, especially since the pick isn’t specified. Sacramento’s 2014 first-rounder unprotected plus Isaiah Thomas would likely be more than enough to make this deal happen on Boston’s end, which probably means the pick was a future one. It’s pretty obvious why this fell apart as well — Rondo wouldn’t want to commit to Sacramento long-term until he could see some semblance of a winning structure, and the Kings wouldn’t want to mortgage two of their three promising young players in exchange for a 28-year old coming off knee surgery.
There also appears to be a Rondo to the Rockets rumor floating around the internet, but for the life of me I can’t find the original source. Between the lack of sourcing and Houston’s lack of attractive assets (does Asik/Lin/a mid-20s draft pick sound at ALL appealing?), you can probably drown that one in salt, rather than taking the proverbial grain.
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