Report: Celtics ‘pretty pleased’ with return they got in trade for Rajon Rondo
After three years of rumors and shopping him on the open market, the Celtics finally pulled the trigger on a trade that sent their four-time All-Star point guard out of town.
Boston traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas, in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and a future first- and second-round draft pick.
Wright (and potentially Crowder) are the keepers from a player perspective, but overall, the Celtics -- now going all-in on a full-fledged rebuild after deciding that Rondo was not in the team’s plans for the future -- will value the draft picks out of this deal more than anything else.
And somehow, that means they got plenty in return for a player with Rondo’s resumé.
If that’s true, then the team should be very concerned with those in charge of making theses decisions.
The reality is that the Celtics should have traded Rondo years ago if he wasn’t in their long-term plans. He was always going to command a high-dollar contract once he hits free agency at the end of this season, and if Boston had even the slightest inkling that it could draft young talent (like Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley) who would be close enough in terms of backcourt capability, it should have unburdened itself from the commitment to Rondo, while he could have still commanded some star-level talent in trade with another franchise.
This isn’t necessarily a bad deal for the Celtics, and it’s probably the right move if the decision had been made that re-signing him this summer wouldn’t be worth the cost. But being happy with the meager return is something else entirely -- especially when much more could have been coming back in exchange for Rondo had the franchise previously been more decisive.