Today, over at Sports on Earth, I wrote a column on the never-ending conversation we keep having about Rajon Rondo’s future with the Boston Celtics. Check it out, and feel free to leave some thoughts in the comments, either here or there (we both know you have some!).
Look for a brief excerpt after the jump.
There’s nothing wrong with saying “the Celtics have to trade Rondo,” but most who do just step on an escalator to nowhere. Answers to key follow-up questions such as “Where?” or “For what?” are hardly ever brought up. Smart trade proposals do exist — Rondo isn’t exactly Anthony Davis-level invincible — but they’re few and far between. Only a tiny number of teams: 1) have the need for a franchise point guard, and 2) have the necessary assets to pry him away. It’s all so much easier said than done.
Part of this is on Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, who drives a hard bargain and isn’t going to trade Rondo just because a lot of people who know less about NBA basketball than he does are yelling it on the radio, and part of this is on the constantly shifting and unpredictable marketplace that Rondo is set to enter next summer, when the Celtics, if they so choose, have the opportunity to pay him more money than any other team in the league.
I’m of the dwindling yet tolerable (I hope) belief that Boston should and will keep Rondo — mostly because he’s extremely good at his job and currently undervalued — and most who’ve watched Boston’s point guard blossom over the years agree that trading him would be seminal in an unpredictable way. It could be great for the Celtics, and it could also be a disaster. (According to the league’s history, losing a perennial All-Star in his prime doesn’t usually work out so well, though.)