Rajon Rondo‘s trade value will be a lot higher when he has two operational ACLs.
That should go without saying, just like it should go without saying that Rondo, injured or not, should not be shipped out of Boston for just any deal. Trade rumors have swirled around the All-Star point guard for years, but now that games have started and a few teams with high hopes are not off to the starts they would like, Rondo’s name is coming up again.
The most recent rumor, which would have Rondo going to New York, sounds unlikely unless the Knicks were willing to take on a lot of extra salary in the form of Kris Humphries or Gerald Wallace. With Rondo recently cleared for three-on-three contact and awaiting clearance for more, this would be a strange time for the Celtics to deal Rondo, with him so close to returning. (And presumably increasing his trade value as a result.)
NESN.com NBA editor Ben Watanabe and NESN Sports Today anchor Adam Pellerin deconstructed the proposed Rondo deal, agonized over the Celtics’ recent plummet and wondered whether the Brooklyn Nets will right their ship in this week’s podcast.
Listen to the podcast in the player below.