Sunday, November 17, 2013

What To Do With Rajon Rondo?

We all know that superstar point guard Rajon Rondo is out due to a torn ACL. Rondo is still recovering from his injury and there is no set date for his return. As of right now, there is no urgency for Rondo’s return as the Celtics are in a rebuilding season. The question is: Should the Celtics keep Rondo or trade him?

When Rondo returns, he could possibly lead the Celtics to a 8th or 9th seed with Jeff Green and Avery Bradley by his side. Do the Celtics want to become the next Milwaukee Bucks or Atlanta Hawks in recent years and just get into the playoffs year after year, but then lose to more talented teams like the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers?  No. This is why the Celtics should trade their superstar point guard Rajon Rondo.

Celtics fans are used to winning, and first round exits year after year would make their dedicated fans restless.  The Celtics should trade Rondo, for as many draft picks and young talent as they can. The Celtics should want to be as bad as possible this season for a chance to pick some of the elite talent in the 2014 draft such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Julius Randle.  If this means trading Jeff Green away too, then that is always a possibility. Jeff Green is only 27 years old, but him needing heart surgery earlier in his career, may make him age faster, therefore cutting his career shorter than the norm.

The best decision for the Celtics is to completely dismember the entire roster, and build it up through the draft and free agency. Some key assets the Celtics should hang on to are: Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Marshon Brooks, Jordan Crawford, and Phil Pressey.  Do you see a trend here?  These six players are all young up and coming and can help the Celtics for years to come.

It has recently been reported that the New York Knicks have been interested in exploring a deal for Rondo. The deal is expected to include Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, and Amar'e Stoudemire, but the Celtics have shown very little interest; and rightly so. That trade would be very complicated because of Stoudemire's huge contract and lack of ability to even be on the floor. This trade is unlikely to happen, but it's an example that there's interest in Rondo and he has legitimate value in the trading market.

Celtics fans, if Rondo is traded be prepared for a couple of ugly seasons in the near future, but all in all, it will be the best for the Celtics franchise because they will be on top after those bad seasons.