It seems like the Boston Celtics have been shopping Rajon Rondo for years now. The former Kentucky point guard is about to enter his age 29 season, is coming off an injury and will be playing on a rebuilding Celtics team that just drafted his likely replacement in Marcus Smart. Now rumor has it that Rondo himself has asked the Celtics to be traded.
ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan added to the story during a behind-the-scenes clip from “Around the Horn,” where she made it clear that Rondo wants out of Boston. Although MacMullan’s comments didn’t come during the actual show, they’re interesting nonetheless. Also, did MacMullan know that ESPN would post the video of the comments (see below)?
Rondo’s value around the league continues to be a polarizing topic. His best seasons came at the the height of the “Big 3″ era in Boston with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. It was a team and system perfectly suited for his skill set. His jump-shot has always been criticized, as well as his attitude, but there’s no denying the talent he’s displayed in the past.
Rondo supposedly wants to play for a contender — which makes sense considering he’ll turn 29 in February and tasted a championship earlier in his career. That’s likely not happening in Boston. However, taking a look around the league, there isn’t many teams that would need Rondo that fit that criteria. The NBA is stocked with starting-level point guards and many of them are All-Stars or borderline All-Stars.
As the NBA season nears, it will be interesting to see if this story picks up more traction.