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Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:09 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 8:12 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverrondo-paul

In a past lifetime, Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge was a all-state high school baseball player and Toronto Blue Jays draft pick. He hasn't stopped swinging for the fences since. 

SI.com reports that the always aggressive Ainge, who transformed the Celtics into a title-winner by acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007, is targeting New Orleans Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul.
But according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, Boston general manager Danny Ainge is highly motivated to land an even better point guard than the one who led the Celtics to a championship in 2008 and an average of 58.5 wins in the last four seasons: New Orleans' Chris Paul.

Ainge, the sources say, has recently discussed trading Rondo in a deal that Nets Paul, but the Hornets don't appear interested in a two-team deal in which Rondo -- who has four years worth approximately $46 million left on his contract -- and Paul would switch places. So Ainge has been on the prowl for a third team that could provide the sort of young pieces Hornets general manager Dell Demps would covet as part of his possible rebuilding plan. The more pressing question, of course, is whether Paul, who can become a free agent after this season, would consider signing an extension with Boston.
With the Big 3 aging the Celtics are approacing a crossroads. Conventional wisdom dictated that they find a way to surround Rondo, a top-shelf, pass-first play-maker, with solid wing scorers and/or an elite big man. However, acquiring Paul would give Boston a point guard who is an exceptional play-maker while also being able to score in volume.

The problem here lies in Boston's ability to pitch Paul on its ability to win now and for the foreseeable future. Reports have surfaced that Paul's top choice is the New York Knicks, in no small part because perennial All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are locked up for multiple years. In Boston, Kevin Garnett's contract is set to expire this summer and he's whispered about a potential retirement. Guard Ray Allen, who is now 36, will have his deal expire this summer too. If both depart, that will create significant cap room to build around a duo of Paul and forward Paul Pierce but is that possibility necessarily more enticing than the situation that might be available in New York? 

For superstars to change cities, it requires a balance between what the team has to offer the player and what the player has to offer the team. Right now, Paul has more to offer to the Celtics than the Celtics have to offer Paul. With a few delicate roster makeover cap moves and/or the promise of the right free agent signing next summer, though, and the proper balance could be achieved. 

Earlier Tuesday, we noted that Rondo's name was beginning to float in rumor mill discussions. 
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Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:07 am
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Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:54 am
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

I would gladly welcome CP3 to Boston. Another scoring threat, will dish the ball to his team for assists, and can play some D. But it really doesn't make since for Paul unless the big 3 stay for 3 more years. If they can get Paul and pick up a big man outta FA say Tyson Chandler for a reunion then this team would definately become the favorites. But I think that is just wishful thinking.




Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:56 am
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

I love Rondo's game. He is such a nuisance to opposing teams, however, he is not in the same stratsophere as CP3.

This trade would make sense for Boston; not so much for Paul or the Hornets



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:32 am
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

As a Celtics fan i would prefer Rondo. Granted hes not the worlds best shooter, but hes extremely unselfish and a pain in the ass on defense. And im not sold on him resigning with us if he gets traded to us. Cause in 3 years or so hell be in the same spot he was in when in NO. Hell be the only superstar on a team that has no other talent. Cause lets face it if they make this deal its a 2or 3 year deal. Then the big 3 retire and Paul is stuck by himself once again. Celtics gotta keep rondo and make a move in FA or the draft in 2years. Ainge is starting to panic with hearing the lakers, knicks and whoever else wants paul and howard. Ainge needs to worry about our depleted bench and lack of size at center before u trade our team MVP last year for an overrated paul....And yes overrated....he hasnt done much inhis career. Shit i  could score 24 pts and10 asst is i shot that many times



Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:03 am
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

Really Rondo better than Paul please explain how???



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:54 am
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo, keep dreaming.



Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:24 am
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

paul was down this year because hes pissed off of the crap team hes playing for. judge him by his play off performances. those who say rondo is better have a basketball IQ of 0



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

and rondo isnt an alien....size 20 feet and size 40 hands come on son....CP3 so much better overall...dont matter sucka hes going to NYK



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

Chris Paul is no longer a top flight point guard.  Last season he was strickly a pass first, then don't shoot point guard.  His stats sucked.  He was down in shooting percentage, 3 pointers, assists, steals, free throws and scoring.  He had a decent playoffs, but one series doesn't mean his knees can handle an 82 game grind.  I think from here on out he will be above average and mostly a passer during the regular season and try to score more in the playoffs.  Rondo is younger and if you're looking for a ball distributor and steals specialist who can score a little Rondo is the clear choice.  I kind of picture Paul to turn out like Baron Davis, but better.  He will be bothered by and miss games because of his knees for he rest of his career.  



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Rumor: Celtics want Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo?

Rondo is better than Paul. Keep Rondo.  And 15 pts per game isnt exactly scoring in volume.  this midget is over-rated!


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