In Brian’s notebook earlier today, he mentioned that the Rockets are one of the many teams interested in Rajon Rondo as the trade deadline approaches, but like the other suitors, Houston doesn’t appear to have enough assets to get a deal done in part because the Rockets don’t want to surrender one key asset: Small forward Chandler Parsons.
Here’s ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Sources told ESPN.com that talks between the teams have not progressed to a serious stage because the sides can’t agree on the framework of a trade.
One main stumbling block, sources said, is Boston’s desire to acquire blossoming Houston swingman Chandler Parsons in a potential Rondo deal. Sources say the Rockets have informed the Celtics that they are not prepared to surrender Parsons as part of a Rondo package.
Parsons, drafted in the second round by Houston in 2011, is having a career year, putting up 17 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range. He’s extremely cheap, efficient, productive, athletic and (most importantly) improving, so it’s understandable that the Rockets wouldn’t want to surrender him.
It’s unclear, however, whether Houston has anything close to enough apart from Parsons to get a deal done with Boston. A deal based around Lin + picks for Rondo isn’t likely to tempt Ainge, especially considering the low-quality picks a Rondo/Harden/Parsons/Howard juggernaut would likely generate. Terrence Jones is a young talent contributing at a high level for Houston, but he would further clog Boston’s already crowded power forward position.
Once again, like every other reported Rondo deal, the Celtics hold all the chips. There’s no point handing away Rondo in any trade that doesn’t blow the Celtics away, and after Billy King mortgaged the Nets’ entire future for an aging Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, blowing Ainge away is going to be pretty difficult, especially since Daryl Morey isn’t likely to offer up anything dumb. If the Rockets hold steady on Parsons, don’t expect to see Rondo in Houston any time soon.
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