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Should the Celtics trade Rajon Rondo?

Free agency 2014 is done and dusted, with most teams finalizing their transactions, and beginning to prepare for the long NBA season ahead of them. The West is stacked, and the East is getting better, but there are still teams who have failed to match the off season efforts of others. 

One team which has failed to make a splash in the market is the Boston Celtics, who have become a non-factor in a lackluster eastern conference these past few years, calling into question the true metal of much revered General Manager and former player Danny Ainge. 

Since trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the summer of 2013, fans of the 17-time Champs have become increasingly more unnerved about the direction of the ball club, and how they plan on returning them to their rightful place atop the eastern conference. 

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There are picks a-plenty, and the future looks bright with young rookies Marcus Smart and James Young joining the ranks via the draft this summer. They also have a young core of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green, all of whom are ready to help the team progress into the next stage of Boston basketball. But what is the next step? What direction will this team, steeped in history, take? 

There is zero doubt that Boston’s back court is deep, having drafted a one and a two, in addition to their already talented lineup of guards, leaving many asking the question why they let enforcer and 7th overall pick Julius Randle fall to the Lakers during June’s NBA Draft.

Drafting Marcus Smart was curious, given 1 x Champ and former All Star Rajon Rondo is still performing at an optimum level for the team, and will return at full strength this October, following knee surgery in February, 2013. Smart is projected to be a high performance player for Boston, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll be able to fully utilize him as a back up behind Rondo.

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In this lies an interesting debate – Does it benefit the Celtics to trade their cornerstone, and franchise player before his free agency next summer? 

Let’s look at the facts.

As mentioned previously, the roster is deep with guards. Rondo, Avery Bradley and Evan Turner only scratch the surface of their back court, with Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Jeff Green the only players of considerable note anchoring down the paint. Having prided themselves as a defensive stalwart for years, the Celtics would undoubtedly benefit from the addition of a top 15 big, who can average 20/12 on a nightly basis, and help reinforce Boston’s leaky defensive structure. 

Injury is a concern. While Rondo is one of the league’s top point guards when healthy, there is uncertainty about his durability after a torn ACL restricted his playing time drastically this past season. Thus far, his value remains high, but should that decrease, and his ability begin to decline, so will his appeal. There is interest in Rondo throughout the league at this point in time, so at the very least, the Celtics should be willing to listen to offers. 

An article surfaced earlier this week which indicated that Rondo wants to be “wined and dined” this summer, in similar fashion to Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Of course, this may be nothing more than a player wanting to have his ego stroked, but it could also indicate that that Rondo is willing to listen to offers come summer 2015. If the Celtics let Rondo test free agency, they’ll run the risk of losing him for nothing, and while he has said he wants to stay a Celtic, no one truly knows. 

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Should they keep Rondo beyond 2014/15, it will no doubt take up considerable cap space with the team having signed Avery Bradley to a four year, $30 million deal. There is little doubt he’ll sign for anything less than the max next summer, so the Celtics must make a decision about the style of basketball they’ll be playing for the foreseeable future. There is also the question of whether keeping Rondo will impact the development of Marcus Smart, if Boston do intend to utilize him to his full potential. 

So, while it remains unlikely that Rondo will sign an extension with any team beyond 2014/15, there could still be something in it for Boston – It’s not so much that we’ll see a Kevin Love/Minnesota type situation between the Celtics and Rondo (given Rondo’s love for the team. A notion Love did not share when it came to the Wolves), but it would benefit Boston in a big way to shop him before he leaves for nothing when the opportunity at a title and max money rears its head. 

So, with the information we have, does trading Rondo benefit the Celtics? In short, yes. Given what we know about the team’s current structure, Rondo’s tenure as a franchise guy/healthy player, and his impending free agency, it absolutely is in Boston’s best interests to move him. 

While this may be the case, one must wonder if it hasn’t happened yet, will it at all? It’s getting to a point now where it looks more and more likely that the team is all in on Rondo, and should they decide against it in the coming months, it may already be too late.

Whichever way you look at it, expect to see a lot of Rajon Rondo in the trade winds throughout season 2014/15. 



What’s Up in Brooklyn?

An easier question would probably be what’s right in Brooklyn? Anyone…? Anything…? Just as I thought. Thus far it seems the best thing to happen to Brooklyn was the fact that Beyoncé and Jay Z turned up to a few games. Other than that the good times have been limited. There has been some comedic gold with J-Kidd calling for one of his team to bump into him and spill his drink everywhere in a hope for a timeout. It didn’t work but this was one play that the Nets actually ran well and should try running some plays on the court in the future. (more…)



Shake and Bake: The Best Duos of the NBA

While these dynamic duos may not be NASCAR superstars and they probably don’t discuss the pros and cons of a bearded baby Jesus, what they do is give their teams the best opportunity to win and entertain millions of fans along the way. I don’t know how many countless hours I’ve spent watching YouTube highlights of these duos doing work. Below I will discuss my personal favourite NBA duos. Taken into consideration are various factors like wins, what they did for their respective teams, entertainment factor, how each individual developed in the partnership and whether or not I’ve actually seen them play. Take a look and see what you think. (more…)



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Rajon Rondo’s More Than Important Season And How He Will Succeed

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This upcoming season will feel dramatically different for anyone from or fans of the Boston Celtics.

With the trading of Boston legends Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets and Coach Doc Rivers , it was definitely the end of era.

While Boston fans aren’t expecting too much from the forthcoming season, it is still in fact a very important one for star Point Guard Rajon Rondo.

In this feature we take a look at some key points Rondo will need to face if he is to have a successful season.

1. Not To Rush Comeback From Injury!

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The Best of the Big Three Phenomenon*

Big threes. Every team wants one. Most teams have one. They just come in varying degrees of awesome. Recently it all started again with Boston. Garnett, Allen and Scalabrine…. sorry. Typo. Garnett, Allen and Pierce. They could do it all and turned a once struggling team into a powerhouse and became the team everyone wanted to be.  After Boston came Miami. They jumped on the Big Three bandwagon. Massive trades. Huge dollars. Ridiculous press conferences. Lebron. Wade. Bosh. From then on the Heat have been almost unstoppable. Believe it or not, Big Threes aren’t a new craze. They’re like pogs or tazos, they come and go. What I’ve done here is chosen my personal favourites and most entertaining Big Threes of all time.

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NBA Nation Australia’s Roundtable Featuring Tom Read And Matt McLean

Its been sometime since we had a roundtable discussion here at NBA Nation Australia and with all the moves being made via the NBA Draft and free agency we thought now would be a great time bring back the roundtable. We would like to welcome back Tom Read of the Believe The Hype podcast and introduce Matt McLean who is an NBA fantasy aficionado, whose work can be found on his blog at  www.fantasyballaus.wordpress.com. Again we appreciate the time and effort our guests put in to answering questions and being a part of each an every roundtable. We, an of course our readers, appreciate it so much. We would also like to welcome newest team member Dan onto the roundtable. We’ve got some great topics that have already invoked some heated discussion amongst NBA fans so far in free agency, so let’s get straight into it!

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End Of An Era: Boston Trade Garnett, Pierce, Terry To Brooklyn

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The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade which sees a huge roster swap complete what will be remembered as one of the great eras in Celtics history. Earlier this morning, Yahoo! sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the Celtics were looking to offload Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for Keith Bogans and three future first round picks. This followed the epic departure of longtime coach Doc Rivers for the Western rivals the Clippers not even a week ago. Holding up the deal was Garnett’s ‘no trade’ clause within his contract which states that should the Celtics attempt to trade him, it can only be completed upon his approval and waiving of the clause. This afternoon, the great KG did just that and in turn opened the flood gates on the biggest trade to rock the NBA in months. We are only now getting an insight into what the parameters of the trade actually are.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry will head to the Deron Williams-led Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia and Keith Bogans plus three future first round picks (unprotected) in 2014, 2016 and 2018. ESPN reported a big reason for Terry being involved in the trade was because Boston are absorbing the $30 Million contract of Gerald Wallace. The Nets however still have a payroll of approximately $100 Million and are deep in luxury tax territory in 2013/14. Boston have gone into full blown rebuilding mode, attempting to gather as many picks as possible in what we can assume will be a draft-oriented build. 

The trade cannot be made official until July 10th when the NBA will lift a league-wide moratorium on all trades and signings.



Celtics “Not Impressed” By Miami Heat Win-Streak

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It would seem most people around the League, be it fans, media, even fellow opposition would be impressed by a 20 game win streak.

Well….. not the Boston Celtics.

Chris Forsberg posted a piece on ESPN today where he spoke to Jason Terry about the Heats mammoth win-streak.

Here’s what Terry had to say about it…

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Wizards’ Crawford To Boston For Injured Barbosa

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Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford has been traded to the Boston Celtics today in exchange for the injured Leandro Barbosa, sources confirm. Included in the deal, Jason Collins who will suit up for the Wizards. While Crwaford was seemingly a valuable part of the Wizards’ plan, he has been on the receiving end of reduced minutes behind Bradley Beal and more recently has had four straight DNP-CD’s to his name. Boston’s need for athletic big men have not been the focus of trades this year, but it is thought that Crawford’s ability to register good numbers will help Boston’s back court offense alongside Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Paul Pierce. Leandro Barbosa’s contract stands at only $2.3 Million giving the Wizards room to move under the cap in free agency.

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NBA NATION AUSTRALIA’S TOP 25 PLAYER RANKINGS

With the NBA just around the corner, the team at NBA Nation Australia decided to take a look at who we think are the current 25 Best players in the league. We thought it was going to be easy and that we would all agree, ha! If it was only that simple. After days of discussion and a few little arguments, we have finally managed to put together a list!  Am sure some of you will think we have been too generous with some spots, too hard on some players, or just downright crazy!? Check it out and let us know!