Throwback Thursday: When the Celtics and Warriors discussed a Rondo for Curry trade
Crazy to think that just over 4 years ago the majority of Celtics fans and apparently even some in the Celtics front office weren't keen on trading Rajon Rondo for Steph Curry.
Via ESPN 2/29/12
Boston is aggressively shopping Rondo, according to sources. The Celtics find Rondo's personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers continue. With the Celtics having realized they are no longer title contenders, they don't believe the payoff is worth the headaches Rondo brings, sources say. And they do not want to build around him. In December, the Celtics had discussions with Golden State about a Stephen Curry-for-Rondo deal, and one source says it was Golden State that decided against pulling the trigger. But Curry's recent ankle injuries, which have caused him several problems in his short career, have given the Celtics pause. The potential trade is still being discussed by Boston's braintrust, but they aren't sure they want to go forward with it. It also isn't clear whether the Warriors would be willing to do it. Other players would have to be thrown in to make it work financially.
I don't think anyone could have predicted just how good Steph Curry has become. Still this should serve as yet another reminder that as much as we like our Celtics, there really should be many if any untouchables. Al Jefferson got us Kevin Garnett and if we end up trading for a star this offseason, we'll have to give up someone we like as well. It might not make as much sense now as it will on some random Thursday for years from now.
By the way, what an absolutely ridiculous season by Curry. Averaged over 30 a game despite sitting out many 4th quarters due to blowouts. Shattered the 3-pt record he already owned by connecting on 402 this season. To put that in perspective, the most Ray Allen ever hit in a season was 269. Larry Bird? 98. And Curry made a way higher percentage.
He shot over 50% from the floor, over 90% from the FT line, and most remarkably due to the sheer amount of attempts over 45% on 3's. Yes the whole team deserves credit on breaking the record with 73 wins, but Curry's year was one for the ages. There's not many opposing players I'd pay to go see them play. Jordan was one. Iverson put on a show as well. LeBron was a beast, but I could never get behind him. I'd definitely pay to see Curry play. It's like watching a real life NBA Jam player.
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