Mired in a 17-17 season and looking no better than a low Eastern Conference playoff seed, the Boston Celtics are actively shopping All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, reports ESPN.The Celtics find Rondo’s personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers remain an off-court distraction, sources told [Chris] Broussard, and the front office is now actively pitching him to other teams.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge admitted earlier this season that Rondo came up during trade talks with the Hornets for Chris Paul.
It has also been widely reported that a Rondo-Stephen Curry swap with the Golden State Warriors was discussed. This trade scenario seems less likely now that Curry has been hampered with injuries.
Rondo’s contract runs through the 2014-15 season with yearly increases of $1 million until reaching $13 million during the final year.
Contenders like the Los Angeles Lakers or Orlando Magic would certainly be interested in acquiring Rondo.
Orlando looks like a better fit, considering that they’re desperate to find a way to keep Dwight Howard and have a point guard to offer in return of Jameer Nelson.
The NBA trade deadline is March 15.
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