There is an NBA rumor floating around that the Detroit Pistons are looking into acquiring point guard, Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics. Detroit’s only viable asset to offer the Celtics is their newly acquired point guard, Brandon Jennings.
Per Garry Washburn of the Boston Globe:
“Just because the Pistons acquired Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade deal with the Bucks doesn’t mean they’ve lost interest in Rajon Rondo. In fact, they could eventually use Jennings as a trade chip and seek to acquire Rondo. There are going to be several interested parties in Rondo, and that number could increase when he shows he’s fully recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery.”
Rondo has proved that he is one of, if the not the best efficient point guard in the NBA. Before tearing his ACL 31 games into the season, Rondo was averaging 13 points and 11 assists per game.
Rondo has been known to have a very icy personality and with Brad Stevens taking over coaching duties in Boston, many believe him and Rondo aren’t a very good fit.
If Detroit acquires Rondo, this will improve their chances of making the playoffs greatly. Rondo is a pass-first point guard, who has one of the highest NBA IQ’s. He does not have a proven jumper yet, but the talent he brings to the table, undermines his jumper.
If Boston is indeed tanking, I expect them to dangle Rondo to acquire draft picks or younger talent (Brandon Jennings). It is not a bad move for Boston to seek trades for Rondo, but if they do indeed trade him, expect them to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007.