With the NBA draft just two days away, NBA trade rumors are beginning to intensify. According to a Yahoo! report, the Celtics and Pistons discussed a deal that would send Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to Detroit in exchange for Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince.
Both Danny Ainge and Joe Dumars confirmed the deal had been discussed.
The Celtics are apparently looking to overall its roster, but the involvement of Rondo in the deal seems puzzling. At 24, he was the best player on the Celtics for long stretches in the 2009 playoffs, especially in the First Round series against the Bulls.
However, his punkish attitude also showed itself throughout the playoffs. A handful of cheap plays and a growing tendency to shoot first pass second raised questions about what goes on in Rajon’s world.
Rondo will be a restricted free agent next summer and is expected to seek a huge contract. Despite his strong all-around game, his horrible jump shot may prevent him from becoming a superstar and reduce his value. His efficiency figures to decrease once he is no longer surrounded by three future Hall of Famers.
Ainge declared Rondo to be “off limits” earlier this summer.
Moving Allen is a no-brainer. At age 34, he will make 18.7 million next season in the final year of his contract. It remains to be seen if any NBA teams want to acquire Allen in a potential cap-clearing deal.
The 2009 NBA draft has a strange feel resonating around it. Don’t be surprised if several deals precede Thursday’s draft.
Stay tuned for more trade updates.