Rajon Rondo’s contract ends in 2015. So does Kevin Love’s, DeAndre Jordan’s, Lamarcus Alridge’s, Goran Dragic’s and Marc Gasol’s. Rondo may be the best point guard, but because of his age, injury history and poor supporting cast, he will be a footnote in 2015 free agency. If he hits the open market. If.
Rumors of Rondo’s departure from Boston are just the Celtics crying wolf — but with the prospect of losing Rondo for nothing in free agency, the feigned calls that Rondo is leaving Boston may grow more urgent. When and if Rondo begins to indicate interest in the free agency market — which Basketball Insiders Alex Kennedy deems likely — the Celtics will be forced to move him.
Both parties get something out of Rondo’s departure. It’s the rare situation in sports where a team doesn’t need talent.
The Celtics not going to have a good year — they’re a bad team. They might as well sink to the bottom of the NBA for one more season. So moving Rondo for a younger player or — Danny Ainge’s favorite — future draft selections makes a great deal of sense. They can get something out of his departure.
In turn, Rondo gets a better opportunity to tryout for 2015 free agency. In Boston, his stats will continue to drop. He’s developing as a scorer, but the best part of his game is as a passer. That skill will be lost on the 2014-15 Celtics. He’s a distributor with no distribution list. If a Championship contender moved for Rondo, then he could demonstrate his full potential. A half of a season away from Boston could earn him millions in free agency.
The rumors about Rondo will continue to swirl. In many months, however, there will finally be a wolf. A team like the New York Knicks or Indiana Pacers might come knocking. At which point, Rondo will be granted a fresh start and surrounding talent to pursue a Championship yet again.