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Celtics trade rumor: Danny Ainge wants two first-round picks in exchange for Rajon Rondo

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On February 17, 2014 @ 4:05 pm In General | 57 Comments

The first ambiguous Celtics [1] trade rumor of NBA trade deadline week comes courtesy of Sam Smith at Bulls.com [2] (h/t HoopsHype [3]): “The asking price if you can get [Rajon] Rondo is said to be two unprotected first rounders.”

Seven teams other than the Celtics [1] currently own two first-round picks in the 2014 NBA draft: Charlotte, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Utah. Only the 76ers and Magic currently own a pair lottery picks this June, and Philly already appears to have a point guard of the future.

Naturally, a host of other teams would have multiple picks to offer over the next couple years, but the hard part is also finding a lottery-bound trade partner with expiring contracts to match Rondo’s $12 million salary (because who wants late first-round picks and more money on the books?). Plus, the Celtics [4] already own as many as 10 first-round selections over the next five seasons, and at some point they have to find players rather than assets to rebuild the franchise.

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[2] Sam Smith at Bulls.com: http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/big-names-likely-stay-put-nbas-trade-deadline.html

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