The Boston Celtics have been fielding offers for Rajon Rondo pretty much all season, but interest really began to pick up over the All-Star break. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Sacramento Kings approached the Celtics with a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rondo. That deal was supposedly squashed because Rondo wanted no part of re-signing with the Kings.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have also expressed interest in Rondo. And according to the New York Post, Rondo has interest in playing for the Knicks. So much so, there is a growing belief that Rondo will attempt to sign with the Knicks when he becomes a free agent in 2015.
Despite all of the interest for Rondo, most believe that Rondo won’t be dealt before the trade deadline because of what Celtics want in return. According to Marc Stein, the Celtics are asking for multiple first round picks and promising young players as compensation for Rondo. Mainly because Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck doesn’t really want to part ways with Rondo. So he has instructed Ainge to set a “high trade price” for the point guard.
One source close to the situation told ESPN.com this week that Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck — who has long preferred to keep Rondo in Boston even though he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in less than 18 months — is insisting that Ainge set a high trade price for the All-Star point guard.
The thinking goes something like this: If the Celts could score first-round picks in the respective transactions that sent coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers and packaged Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, you can imagine what sort of haul Ainge’s bosses believe Rondo could bring.
Rondo is coming off of an injury and is completely 100% just yet. The Celtics may be betting that they can get more for him once he shows that he’s fully back. The risk here is that they don’t get a better deal and Rondo walks away in 2015.