NBA Trade Rumors: Rajon Rondo available for two first-round picks

Feb 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Rajon Rondo’s name has been thrown around the trade rumor mill for a while. One day, he is the player the Boston Celtics intend to build around. The next, rival executives insist that Rondo is on the market. The truth is usually somewhere in the middle, and the latest word is that the Celtics’ point guard is indeed available, but for a hefty price.

According to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, and other journalists, Rondo can be had for two unprotected future first-round draft picks. This is interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, it seems to be a non-negotiable take it or leave it stance, which puts a price on Rondo’s services. At the same time, it’s quite an outrageous price for a player coming off an ACL tear, especially at a time when every single team in the league is holding on to their first-rounders.

Rondo has been picking up the pace since returning from injury, and has shown some signs of his former brilliance. Even though he has only played 10 games this season, his performances have mostly confirmed that Rondo has made a complete recovery and remains one of the best playmakers in the NBA.

Still, there are very few teams that are willing to give away completely unprotected picks, even for quality players. For instance, the Chicago Bulls could only squeeze a heavily protected first-round pick, which more likely than not will turn into a second-rounder, in return for Luol Deng. The fact that the Celtics are asking for two future picks pretty much confirms that he is most likely staying put, at least for the rest of the season.

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