NBA free agency has made the average fan’s head spin, and could there be another big move on the horizon? Although Danny Ainge claims the Celtics are not in rebuilding mode, the exodus of Coach Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, along with the entrance of NFL Play 60 kid Brad Stevens seems indicative of just that–rebuilding.
Logic would suggest that the Celtics may wish to move Rondo so as not to remain in the dreaded limbo of a mediocre rebuilding team. With the Pistons acquisition of Josh Smith yesterday, Detroit is looking like an appealing destination for the All-Star coming off a knee injury.
A Detroit squad with Brandon Knight, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Josh Smith could be a solid squad in the Eastern Conference, but clearly could have issues opening up the floor with such a crowded paint. Enter the slashing ability of one Rajon Rondo.
In addition to the roster appeal, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops World and other NBA gurus, Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo are close friends, with interest in playing together.
The rumors pointing to such a trade seem purely speculative on the part of Kennedy and others, but is an intriguing opportunity for Rondo. If he were to get a phone call from Pistons owner Tom Gores, I’m guessing he will be willing to listen. Because clearly Detroit wants to win now.