Even long before his ACL injury last year, Rajon Rondo was still a talk of numerous trade rumors. Those rumors are still lingering around and don’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. It is becoming more and more of an annoyance to me that the rumors just will not stop about the Boston Celtics trading Rajon Rondo despite those rumors have been shot down countless times. I assure you that Rondo will not be traded out of Boston anytime soon and there are many legit reasons why he will be an important piece of the Celtics’ future
Last Friday night against the Lakers, Rajon Rondo was introduced into the starting lineup as the captain for the Celtics. Rondo is now the 15th captain in Celtics history and he is in good company on that list. The list has many legends on it such as Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Bill Russell, John Havlicek and Paul Pierce. Being named as a captain to any team is a clear-cut sign to that particular player saying “we need you.” Rajon Rondo earned his captaincy to the Celtics because of his All-Star capabilities of course, but also because he is very active in the Boston community as well. Does it make sense for somebody that was just named captain to the team to be traded in just a short period of time? I certainly don’t think so.
Rajon Rondo is clearly an important piece in Boston’s future and he wishes to remain with the Celtics after his contract expires in 2015. The Celtics are rebuilding with something very rare, a legit floor general. Those type of players are very hard to develop or even acquire in today’s NBA and the Celtics are in very good shape with Rondo on their roster. Despite the Celtics are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference standings entering tonight’s game against the Miami Heat, they are still playoff contenders being 3.5 games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the 8th spot. With Rondo back into the lineup on just limited minutes so far, the Celtics already look like a better team and it’s only going to improve once Rondo will have increased minutes.
I personally think that a lot of people just keep looking into the future more than focusing in the present with the Celtics. The Celtics are not in a complete disarray because of Rondo’s leadership and playmaking abilities are going to be keeping them from the bottom of the league. To me, it’s just too much speculation that Rondo will or will not be traded and not so much how the Celtics can still make a playoff run this season. Rajon Rondo is in a great position himself being the captain because we all know how well he plays here with the Celtics and know what type of player to fit in with him in the lineup.
The Celtics are very loaded with draft picks in the coming years and those will be hot commodities for trades in the near future. A couple of players that I would love to have in Boston in exchange for some of the draft picks would be Kevin Love and Zach Randolph. Both players will address the current needs of improvement for the Celtics and would mesh really well with Rondo. I wouldn’t count on Jabari Parker entering the NBA Draft this summer because there have been a few reports indicating that Parker will remain at Duke after this season. Sorry to crush your dreams tanking fans, but that’s one player that we will not see in the NBA anytime soon.
We all should be thankful in Boston that an All-Star point guard and 2008 NBA champion wants to remain with the Celtics and the Celtics don’t have any plans on trading him at all.