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If Celtics can’t land Kevin Love, then Rajon Rondo should be traded
Posted By Julian Edlow On June 24, 2014 @ 11:59 am In General | No Comments
I recently wrote that Kevin Love  is going to become a member of the Celtics on draft night . I still believe that. However, there’s a whole other question that needs to be addressed.
What does Danny Ainge do if he is unable to add an All-Star to the core he has right now? The answer is to trade Rajon Rondo .
There are two clear-cut directions in which the Celtics  can head. They can trade their assets for a proven veteran, like Love, or they can break ties with Rondo, Jeff Green  and their older players to start a youth movement. Most fans prefer to win now, but if that option is not available, selling off pieces to rebuild is the right move.
So what is a reasonable trade offer for Rondo?
If you remember from the start of the season, there was a pretty realistic offer rumored to be coming from Sacramento . If the trade offer remains something in the ballpark of Isaiah Thomas , Ben McLemore and a draft pick (which would be No. 8 overall), that would be something Ainge considers. One note: Thomas is a restricted free agent, meaning Boston would be getting his rights. The C’s could re-sign him or let him walk for a higher offer.
Rondo has no interest in sticking around for a full rebuild, nor should he. Ainge knows this, and also is smart enough to know that there is no purpose to keep his star player on a roster that is not ready to win. The Celtics  would then become one of the youngest teams in the league, with building blocks that have the potential to make them even younger.
Boston’s core would look something along these lines next season if Rondo were to be dealt to Sacramento (an easy example to use): The Celtics would roll out a lineup of Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, McLemore, Thomas, Avery Bradley  (a restricted free agent like Thomas) to go along with the players they draft at Nos. 6, 8 and 17. Keep in mind Ainge also would hold two first-round picks in the next two drafts.
No doubt there is risk involved with having so many young prospects on the roster. Some disappointing draft picks and developments are expected. At the same time, a couple of those players likely would become stars, while another couple should turn into good role players.
It’s nerve-racking to think about if you’re a Celtics fan, simply because there would be so much that would need to occur just to contend. But with other teams deep into trade talks for Love, this is a realistic alternative that everyone needs to be ready to accept. You know, just in case I’m wrong about Love.
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 Kevin Love: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm
 going to become a member of the Celtics on draft night: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2014/06/18/weekly-nba-draft-watch-why-kevin-love-deal-has-to-happen-soon/
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 Rajon Rondo: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Celtics: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Jeff Green: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm
 pretty realistic offer rumored to be coming from Sacramento: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2013/12/18/celtics-trade-rumors-real-vs-imaginary
 Isaiah Thomas: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm
 Avery Bradley: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm
 @julianedlow: https://twitter.com/julianedlow
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