With the return of the NBA, the rumor mills are churning and churning out some good ones. We heard rumors of Dwight Howard to the Nets, Clippers, and Lakers, rumors of Brandon Roy and Gilbert Arenas getting cut, and now rumors of the Celtics trading their young superstar Rajon Rondo.
You have to wonder why Danny Ainge so actively wants to shop Rondo. Is it because of Rondo’s alleged night club scuffle? Braylon Edwards would be ashamed of that rumor.
Here is what Yahoo! Sports is reporting:
The Pacers and Celtics have discussed the preliminary framework of a deal, but two sources said Indiana would need a third team to provide Boston with the talent it wants to do a deal. The Celtics are likely trying to gather the necessary pieces to make a bid for Ainge’s ultimate target: New Orleans point guard Chris Paul(notes), sources said.
It was unclear if the Pacers had begun to reach out to broaden discussions, but there was an expectation they would do so.
The Celtics have been gauging Rondo’s trade value for more than a year, and have held discussions with teams about him across the past few trade deadlines and NBA drafts. There have long been divides within Boston’s front office, coaching staff and locker room about Rondo. He can be moody, difficult and stubborn, and several league sources were dubious if the Pacers’ young coach, Frank Vogel, would have the stature to deal with Rondo.
This fall is going to be a good one. The NBA is back, and a lot of people including yours truly are going to be on the move.