First of all, I think anyone should be tradable at all times. So stories like this, on the surface at least, mean nothing to me. Rondo is our only potential trade chip, so of course the Celtics have to be willing to listen to trade offers. They would be crazy not to.
Now I am a huge Rondo fan, but would have no problem with a Paul trade (assuming an extension). I think that's very unlikely unfortunately. Barring a move like that, I would be very surprised to see anything happen. He is way to valuable to this team, and I don't think Danny wants to blow it up yet.
Rondo's value dramatically descreases after the Big 3 era is over. He is a great facilitator on a team full of Hall of Fame talent.
This sentiment I have some issue with. Have people seen how bad this team is without Rondo on the floor? They can't get open looks, and they can't score. They need him pushing the pace, getting other looks in transition or the secondary break, and breaking down the defense in the halfcourt. It's been that way for 2 seasons now. Against Miami for example, Lebron and Wade can swallow up Pierce and Allen. It's no contest. WIth Rondo out there, one of them either has to guard Rondo, or at least help on him when he torches Chalmers.
The Big 3 WERE hall of fame talents (Pierce is still closest to his peak), but they are not currently. And they havent been for a couple of years. Those 3 players do have the benefit of a skill-set that ages well (the 2 best "skills" to age are size and shooting ability). They are all deadly outside shooters still, and all have good size for their position.
But this is not a team with 3 Hall of Famers and Rondo. This is a team with Rondo and 3 aging stars who have turned into elite role players that are capable of the occasional flashback game. Without Rondo, this team is finished, assuming they dont get an even better PG like Paul. Even with Rondo's well documented faults, no scoring wing is going to make up for what Rajon brings to the table.
Edited by radsoxfan, 29 November 2011 - 08:02 PM.