Rajon Rondo is closing in on a return from his ACL tear and thus the trade rumors are kicked into gear once again. Last summer it was widely speculated that Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge would look into shopping his All-Star point guard once he returns from injury. Even though Ainge denied such rumors back then, people around the league seem to believe otherwise.
Rajon Rondo could be that building block. But he turns 28 in February, has posed chemistry issues in the past and there is an increasing belief among NBA circles that GM Danny Ainge will use him, once healthy, to get multiple assets back. So the chances that he’s the Celtics’ cornerstone moving forward look slim.
Boston has already loaded up with a bunch of draft picks after moving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but having more bullets in the draft over the next couple of years would certainly not hurt a rebuilding team.
The Celtics are likely looking at a couple of years of building through the draft and Rondo could potentially be in his thirties before the team is truly competitive again. If he returns and plays at an All-Star level, you can bet that there will be a lot of teams calling Ainge and offering to take the point guard off his hands.