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Report: Pacers and Celtics talk Rondo swap

Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 10:56 am
By Matt Moore 

This is starting to get out of hand. Teams are officially allowed to contact agents only starting Wednesday (though they've been talking back-channel for days), and already the rumor mill is spiraling out of control at full speed. On Tuesday it was the Lakers wanting to pursue Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the Celtics wanting Paul, whether or not the Knicks can pull off grabbing Paul, the Nets pursuing Dwight Howard via trade. And now we can throw another one on the fire.

The Celtics are serious about getting Chris Paul. And since their straight-up offers didn't work, they're now trying to acquire pieces the Hornets do want in order to turn around and move for Paul. Boston's biggest trade chip is Rajon Rondo, and suddenly the new team interested in acquiring the All-Star point guard is... the Indiana Pacers

From Yahoo Sports:  
As Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge aggressively pursues possible deals for Rajon Rondonotes, the Indiana Pacers have emerged as an intriguing suitor for the point guard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

For the past few days, Pacers officials – and third-party surrogates – have been making calls and gathering information and insight into Rondo’s reputation as a teammate and leader, sources said.

The Pacers and Celtics have discussed the preliminary framework of a deal, but two sources said Indiana would need a third team to provide Boston with the talent it wants to do a deal. The Celtics are likely trying to gather the necessary pieces to make a bid for Ainge’s ultimate target: New Orleans point guard Chris Paulnotes, sources said.
via Pacers talk with Celtics about Rondo deal - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Um... what? 

The Pacers are not kidding about wanting to upgrade and make a run. Darren Collison is a young, versatile point guard with a world of upside and ability, who coincidentally (or not) learned under Chris Paul his rookie season. But Rondo is obviously an upgrade. The Pacers have Danny Granger to move as well, who has been on the block for years. A young center in Roy Hibbert, their own picks to move, and Paul George are also among the assets the Pacers have to offer in some combination for the mercurial Rondo.

The Pacers may have a package of assets the Celtics would want, or more accurately, the Hornets would want. But for this to go anywhere, the Hornets have to be open to the trade of Chris Paul, and there's been no indication that's the case. Dell Demps and Monty Williams will have to establish whthe they're willing to give up on the franchise player and if so, at what price. 

But it's painfully clear that the Pacers want to upgrade, and that the Celtics want Paul. Training camp hasn't even started and already the player movement talks are running in the red.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:40 pm

Report: Pacers and Celtics talk Rondo swap

What the hell is Ainges problem?? Why would you trade the guy that makes the offense run and hes a beast on the defensive end. Itll be one of the worst trades in Celtics history..

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:52 am

Report: Pacers and Celtics talk Rondo swap

This would be a huge mistake for Boston. What you may gain in the occassional points boost, you lose in the defense.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:39 am

Report: Pacers and Celtics talk Rondo swap

Yeah, I don't think Boston is going to trade Mr. Playoff triple-double to 'upgrade' at PG....but as a Laker fan, please go for it if you must!!!

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:30 am

Report: Pacers and Celtics talk Rondo swap

CP3 isn't going to the Lakers. Who are they going to get in return? Luke Walton. Derek Fisher. They have no youth or decent picks to trade.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:13 am

Report: Pacers and Celtics talk Rondo swap

I think the CP3 talk to Boston goes nowhere. He's said his first 2 destinations are either the Knicks or Lakers. Why would he want to join an aging team? This would essentially be to win the championship this season and I don't see Chris Paul wanting to stay there long-term with the future of the franchise uncertain in a couple of years.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:09 am

Report: Pacers and Celtics talk Rondo swap

Wow getting Rondo out of the Atlantic? That would be awesone. Due the amount of divsional games ther will be. Come on Danny pull the trigger!

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:54 am
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:52 am

Report: Pacers and Boston talk Rondo swap

As a Laker fan...Please away your best player!  Come on Ainge pull another team killing trade like you did last season.  Anyone remember Kendrick Perkins? 

Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:49 am

Report: Pacers and Boston talk Rondo swap

This is a great deal for the Celtics because they are aging.  The big three are very good role players right now, all they need is a consitent young scorer from the point.  This is a rental player for one last push, Rondo cannot carry this team, Paul and the Big three are contenders for this year, and if Paul leaves next year so be it.  The more rondo plays the more his flaws will become apparent, he is a top point guard but Paul is a gmae changer, and the Celtics need a game changer, they are with Ronod a second round playoff team with Paul they are contenders.  Win now, they have to do this if they have a chance.

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:19 am

Report: Pacers and Boston talk Rondo swap

There was an old Public Enemy tune called "Don't Believe The Hype"
Boston just doesn't need an upgrade at point guard - they need to turn the clock back.
Rondo DID NOT contribute to The Celts Playoff failures as much as their inadequate and inconsistent play from their frontline failed them.
The Pacers would have to give up too much talent.
And CP3 wants to play for The Knicks not an aging Celts over the hill squad.
In order for this to work Ainge would have to be sure CP3 would re-up with Celts and that ain't happening.
So Rondo stays put and Boston keeps aging!!!

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