Although Danny Ainge has stated that the Boston Celtics aren't looking to deal Rajon Rondo in the wake of trading Pierce and Garnett and letting Doc Rivers go to L.A., the Detroit Pistons have still inquired about the possibility of trading for the Celtics' All-Star point guard.
According to CBS Sports:
In the aftermath of the Celtics' decision to ship Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn last week, the calls have been coming in -- chiefly, regarding Rondo. The logical assumption was that if the Celtics didn't want to pay Doc Rivers $7 million to coach a rebuilding team and if Garnett and Pierce didn't fit into those plans, either, then Rondo would be the next to go.
Based on that possibility, the Pistons were among the first teams to reach out to the Celtics and express interest in acquiring Rondo, the All-Star point guard who is coming off an ACL injury, league sources told CBSSports.com. Having already made lucrative pitches to free agents Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala, Pistons president Joe Dumars also has registered interest in Raptors forward Rudy Gay, one source said.
As mentioned, Detroit has already met with Josh Smith, and Rondo has made it clear that he would like to play with his BFF next year, so the Pistons could try to reunite the two former high school teammates in Detroit.
Celtics Life writer Mike Dyer put together a possible trade scenario between Boston and Detroit should the Celtics decide to trade Rondo:
Celtics trade Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass to the Pistons for Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko, Kyle Singler, Vladimir Kravstov, 2015 1st round pick and 2017 1st round pick.
I personally hope that Danny Ainge sticks to his word and doesn't trade Rondo, as I have a feeling Rondo will have an incredible year next year if he is able to come back 100% from his ACL injury. I think most Celtics fans are curious to see what Rondo can do as the team leader without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as we have seen his ability to put together games where he absolutely dominates every column of the stat sheet. Will we seem him do this consistently next year? Only time will tell. Danielle Hobeika 7/03/2013 12:49:00 PM Tweet Edit