Celtics president of basketball operations told CSNNE.com in no uncertain terms that he was not trading point guard Rajon Rondo before Thursday's deadline. Assuming we can take him at his word, what should we expect Boston to do?
ESPN analyst Tim Legler gives his take in the video above.
“I think Rajon Rondo is the kind of guy you move forward with, not get rid of," Legler says. "Having an elite player at that position in this league is one of the toughest positions to fill. I know a lot of teams think they have elite point guards, but Rajon Rondo truly is one. He’s a top 5 point guard in this league.
"Moving forward, with his age (26), he’s the kind of guy that makes other people better. I think what you need to do if you feel like you’re a team that can't contend for a championship anymore -- and I think Boston is going to have a very difficult time getting out of the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference because they only have 9 home games the rest of the year out of 25 games. They’re going to find themselves probably in that seventh or eighth spot and playing Miami or Chicago in the first round. If you don’t feel that you can compete for a championship, I think the way to go is to start looking at your veteran players that can help teams right now. A Paul Pierce, a Ray Allen, a Kevin Garnett. Take a look and see what the market might be for those guys and you might be able to reload with some young players and picks and move forward with Rondo as your star player and your leader. I think that might be the best way to go.
"You don’t give up on a young point guard like Rajon Rondo, because I don’t think this is a team that can win a championship this year anyway.”