BOSTON (CBS) – With the trade deadline just under 24 hours away all eyes are on the Boston Celtics and their VP of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, who’s never been one to shy away from making deals.
One deal that always seems to be in the works is shipping All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo out of Boston.
Google “Rajon Rondo Trade” and you’ll get 14,600,000 results in 0.20 seconds – so yeah, it’s been discussed before.
But why is this year any different?
It’s not, according to Andy Gresh, who believes Rondo will remain a Celtic past Thursday’s deadline.
“It’s the old Boy Who Cried Wolf. ‘Rondo is going to be traded! Rondo will be traded! Heyyy!’ – we go through this every year,” said Gresh. “We hear this every year and it never happens.”
The Celtics are reportedly asking for 2 first-round picks and an emerging player in exchange for Rondo’s services.
Hardy, filling in for Scott Zolak, feels like the asking price is too high for a second dance to get seriously involved. A player of Rondo’s caliber will always be in high demand and if you’re Danny Ainge you can’t not answer the phone.
Hardy thinks one day a team will offer the Celtics a Godfather-like trade that they absolutely can’t refuse.
“Someone is going to come along at some point and offer them up a deal much like they got for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The Celtics seem to have made out on the good end of that trade. It seemed like a lot, turns out it was a lot, and I think the Celtics did the right thing in doing that deal. At some point somebody might be desperate enough to offer up that kind of return,” said Hardy.
The butting of heads between Doc Rivers and Rajon Rondo is well documented, but Hardy thinks more time should be given to allow Brad Stevens a chance to work with Rondo.
Gresh doesn’t think a team in the league would actually give up 2 first-rounders for Rondo, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.
The Celtics’ asking price and what teams are willing to give up are too far apart in Gresh’s mind, which is why ultimately a deal will not be reached.
Listen below for the full discussion: