What do you do when you have two former Kentucky Wildcats, both of whom have won NBA titles and one of which has a gold medal? Why trade them for each other of course? Reports come today that the Celtics are considering trading Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen for Tayshaun and Rip Hamilton within the next couple of days. The trade would be made for varying reasons for both teams, with the Celtics trying to gear up for another championship run and the Pistons trying to shed some cap space for 2010 and get a young superstar in the process.
As for the UK ties, much of the speculation surrounding the deal centers around Rajon Rondo and potential chemistry issues with the team. Just as when he was with Kentucky, there is speculation that Rondo is not the ideal teammate and that some of his “me first” attitude may have caused problems in the Boston locker room. For the Celtics, the possibility to add Tayshaun, always considered a great teammate, along with Rip Hamilton, allows them to get a bit younger at one position and a bit more help defensively at another. It will be interesting to watch how this develops and the effect on both player’s careers. Tayshaun can immediately be back on a championship contender and Rajon moved away from the role of point guard on a title team. Lots riding on these next couple of days….