What does last week’s 2014 NBA Draft mean for former Kentucky Wildcat and current Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo?
It’s a good question. All through the last week, there was talk of trading Rajon Rondo, possibly even to the Sacramento Kings.
After being selected by the Celtics, Oklahoma State Cowboys point guard Marcus Smart was asked on his feelings about working with Rondo and the team going forward.
“Definitely, Smart told the media according to ASAP Sports. “Rondo is a wonderful point guard, a wonderful player. He reminds me a little bit of me. He plays defense. He’s long, his wing span, and he has big hands.
“Just being able to learn from a guy who’s been in the league and been in my seat and my situation, it’s an amazing feeling and a great opportunity.”
Smart said he would have no problem playing the two or one with his versatility. They should be able to co-exist together. Avery Bradley currently plays a combo of the one and two for the Celtics but with his being a restricted free agent, the Celtics can match any offer that Bradley gets from another team. Depending on what the Celtics decide to do with Bradley, I could easily see Smart taking a role similar to his during the next season.
“Yes I can forsee Rondo and Smart playing together in the short term,” said ESPN analyst Tom Penn. “Marcus is physically ready to compete against NBA guards, but he will need time to adjust and evolve into an effective NBA point guard. Their main challenge now will be outside shooting because neither are dependable long range shooters. The bigger question for the Celtics is how long to wait to trade Rondo. He could bring them multiple new pieces as they rebuild.”
Penn also shared some thoughts on how James Young would fit onto the Celtics team.
“The Celtics need talent at all spots. And Young’s versatility at the swing positions should give him ample opportunity to play now. Brad Stephens will look to play the young guys and develop their NBA skills and confidence. Young is super talented with a high ceiling. Boston is a perfect fit for his blossoming skill set.”
Meanwhile, Boston.com Correspondent Jeremy Gottlieb writes that Boston should be making every effort to build around Rajon Rondo for the forseeable future. Danny Ainge believes Rondo, Smart, and Bradley can play together and said as much following the NBA Draft.