The Celtics are reportedly trying to trade Rajon Rondo.It makes no sense. Here’s why:
- Rondo is their best player.
- He’s 26 years old, and he’s underpaid ($11M next year, $12M in ’13, and $13M in ’14).
- The Celtics have to retool next year. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett’s contracts are up. So the team will be left with Rondo, Paul Pierce, and whatever free agents they can muster. So why not build around Rondo? He’s a top-5 point guard during a golden age for point guards. He plays great defence. And he’s shown that he can run a half-court offence to perfection.
- There’s no way they can get a Rondo-level player back. The best case scenario is that they get a star like Pau Gasol or Monta Ellis, but even those players aren’t as young, cheap, and skilled as Rondo. The worst case scenario (and more likely scenario?) is that they get a hodgepodge of solid players. Do they really want to go into next year with 35-year-old Paul Pierce and a bunch of role players?
So, on paper, there’s no logical reason to ship off Rondo. At all.
But there’s an X factor: everyone in New England hates him for some reason!
The players hate him (via ESPN):
… If there is any friction regarding Rondo, it well could be between him and his veteran teammates, who have publicly conceded that this is now Rondo’s team, but still become occasionally irritated with his antics.
The coach hates him (via ESPN):
The Celtics find Rondo’s personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers remain an off-court distraction
The management hates him (via ESPN):
With the Celtics realising they are no longer title contenders, they don’t believe his point guard prowess is worth the headaches Rondo brings, sources say. And they do not want to build around him.
OK, maybe “hate” is too strong, but still. How much of a nuisance can Rondo possibly be? How disruptive are his antics that the Celtics would rather start from scratch than build around him?
He can’t possibly be that bad a guy?
Three possible explanations:
- The alleged clashes between Rondo and every other person in the Boston metropolitan area don’t exist. And this whole thing is overblown.
- The problem isn’t with Rondo, it’s with the rest of the organisation. The Big Three era is drawing to a close, and everyone involved with it is having trouble handing over the reins of the franchise to a young point guard who doesn’t have the charisma of Paul Pierce, the obsessive work ethic of Ray Allen, or the hard-arse shtick of Kevin Garnett.
- HE’S THE WORST PERSON EVER.
We’d guess theories 1 and 2 are the most likely.
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