According to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald, if Love is traded elsewhere, the Celtics would likely try to move Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green for assets and build from within for another season.
If the Celtics cannot get Love, they are planning to continue with the longer and more methodical rebuilding process, a process that would likely see Rajon Rondo traded. (An NBA source said they would also have a taker for Jeff Green if they chose to move him.)
We’ve touched on this scenario several times this year here at CelticsHub so it’s no surprise to see the possibility rise to the surface. I shared a few of my thoughts on the scenario in a post for Boston.com
If the Celtics are unable to take a major step forward with their roster next season, the Rondo trade option has to be explored and that should come as no surprise to Celtics fans. Multiple league sources have confirmed that the team discussed possible trades for the star point guard at the trade deadline but the suitors were not willing to meet Ainge’s high asking price at the time.
With free agency looming for Rondo next summer, Boston’s current captain will be looking for a significant raise in his next contract. If the Celtics can’t field a competitive team to put around him for next season, they risk testing Rondo’s patience.
Danny Ainge also may not be enthusiastic at handing Rondo a max contract, a deal the point guard will surely be shooting for in free agency. Without the allure of playing for a winning team, Rondo may be unwilling to accept less than that to remain in Boston for the long-term, especially if he can find a similar deal on the open market.
Instead of taking the risk that Rondo walks next summer, the Celtics may want to cash in on him and other high-priced veterans on the roster (including Green) this offseason to guarantee a return and accumulate more young assets now.
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