Dime Magazine had an article yesterday where they put the spotlight on a couple of Jeff Goodman’s tweets that basically said no one wants to play with former Kentucky and current Boston point guard Rajon Rondo.
Here is an excerpt:
Goodman obviously believes that players’ distaste for Rondo as a potential teammate and Smart’s arrival in Boston makes it more likely Ainge finally bites the bullet and trades the last remaining member of the 2008 championship team. That seems the most prudent plan. Rondo’s timeline simply doesn’t mesh with Boston’s, his presence certainly won’t accelerate Smart’s development, and the Celtics would be best served to sell high when the league has more than fleeting memories of his brilliance in the 2012 playoffs.
Rondo is definitely an acquired taste, and having seen this first hand, it will take a special situation for Rondo to thrive.
Maybe he can go to Sacramento with Boogie??
There are rumors that Josh Smith could be traded to Sacramento, and it just so happens that he is a friend of Rondo:
Interestingly enough, these trade talks between Sacramento and Detroit directly tie into Boston’s future, as Stein mentions: “Another potential bonus is Smith’s close relationship with Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, whom Sacramento has been targeting in trade talks for some time.”
Smith and Rondo were teammates in prep school, and the Pistons forward discussed his relationship with the point guard (via Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe): “He’s my best friend, especially in the NBA. We definitely connect. We take family vacations together.”
If Sacramento could somehow land Smith and Rondo down the road, all of a sudden it looks like a legitimate force in the loaded Western Conference. DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Nik Stauskas, Smith and Rondo is an impressive potential fivesome.
From Boston’s perspective, having another suitor in the Rondo race would only drive up the asking price and push the rebuilding efforts further along.