Sunday, June 21, 2009

Rajon Rondo and The Boston Celtics

First off I would like to say Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers out there. I hope each and every one of you are able to take a piece of your day to spend some quality time with your son or daughter.

Now for the post. We are going to move on from baseball for the time being and shift gears in to the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics have been the subject of some controversial trade rumors over the past few weeks involving various teams and players. One player who's name seemingly never stops coming up is staring point guard Rajon Rondo. The most recent rumor involving Mr. Rondo was a trade that would send him and Ray Allen to the Phoenix Suns in return for Amare Stoudamire and Leandro Barbossa. This trade seems more likely to happen in a video game than in real life but I thought i would take some time to analyze this trade from both sides. As far as the Boston Celtics are concerned this trade would give the best front court in maybe NBA history. This would allow Doc to run Kendrick Perkins as the sixth man and negate Bostons need for off the bench big man help they so desperately needed against the Magic and during the season. Now don't get me wrong here i realize that without injuries to K.G. and Leon Powe these needs would not have been as glaring but the acquisition of Mikki Moore was just a flat out joke. In addition to having the outstanding front court they would also get a younger 3-point shooting threat that would no doubt get more wide open shots than anyone in history while playing with Pierce, K.G., and Stoudamire. But here in lies the problem. While the Celtics no doubt get younger in this trade they are trading away one of the best young point guards in the game, leaving your team with no point guard at all unless you think Gabe Pruitt who averaged a measly 8 minutes a game can handle this offense. Point Guard is no doubt the toughest position in the NBA to play and having one of the best and keeping Ray Allen might not be a bad thing. Now from the other side Phoenix would no doubt love to acquire Rondo for their run and gun style offense with Steve Nash on the proverbial back nine of his career. This would also free up a ton of cap room for the Suns to maneuver in what appears to be the greatest free agent class ever after the 2010 season. In addition to that they would pick up Ray Allen's expiring contract which would not only get them a productive player but it would be for nearly nothing. All in all this trade would not make sense for the Boston Celtics unless they are planning to A. Acquire a point guard in addition to this deal and B. Sign Amare to a long term deal in which he would take over the reigns for K.G. after he finishes out his contract.

Further speculation about the Boston Celtics has lead us to believe that they are looking to move up in the draft. As of now the Celtics only hold the 3rd to last pick (58Th overall). A few weeks ago they were believed to be in talks with Memphis for the #2 overall selection. Those talks ended fruitlessly and have left us to wonder who and what they would have done with that 2ND pick. It has been reported that the Celtics have offered up Kendrick Perkins straight up for that pick. As a Celtics fan I was a bit surprised to hear that and even more surprised when Memphis responded by laughing Mr. Ainge off the phone. Would even that deal have benefitted the Celtics? Maybe these two deals were a prequel to one another. If Memphis had accepted the Perkins deal would it have opened the door for the Celts to take Jonny Flynn or Ricky Rubio to play point guard and then be able to trade Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to Phoenix? We may never know but because of all this talk I personally will be taking a closer look at the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

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