It appears as if the Boston Celtics will trade Rajon Rondo, reportedly at the request of the All-Star point guard, but a deal to the Sacramento Kings seems unlikely. According to a report by Fox Sports, Jackie MacMullen was heard during a behind-the-scenes video for “Around the Horn” saying that Rondo has told the Celtics that he wants out. It does not come as a big surprise, as Boston appears likely to remain in a rebuilding mode for at least another couple of seasons. Rondo desperately needs to play for a winner, and he will likely not sign a long-term deal with the Celtics after his contract expires at the end of the 2014-2015 NBA season. Unless Boston GM Danny Ainge wants to risk losing him for nothing, he must strongly consider trading Rondo prior to the NBA Trade Deadline this coming February.
He had just better stop discussing a possible deal with the Sacramento Kings, because it is rumored that Rondo would not sign an extension with them, opting rather to test the free agency market next offseason. The Kings have long been rumored to have expressed a strong interest in Rondo, feeling he is the missing piece needed to go along with DeMarcus Cousins and some of their other core players, but it would behoove them to shop for an upgrade at point guard elsewhere.
The Celtics must have been bracing for the possibility that they would lose Rondo, whether via trade or free agency, having drafted former Oklahoma State Cowboys point guard Marcus Smart. The feeling around local reporters varies in terms of whether or not they believe the Celtics will deal Rondo, with ESPN Boston reporting that the overwhelming response is that the team will try to hold onto Rondo and attempt to convince him to sign a long-term contract extension with the only NBA team he has known throughout his career.
If you are looking for one more vote, I have said for quite some time now that Rondo does not finish the upcoming NBA season in green and white. He is a goner, especially with the team drafting Smart to take over the point guard position for the Celtics and become the floor leader for Boston for years to come.