Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss the trade rumors surrounding the Celtics, specifically concerning point guard Rajon Rondo. Wojnarowski said not to expect a big deal from Celtics president Danny Ainge before the trade deadline.
“I just don’t know what large thing is out there for them to do,” he said. “I think Danny’s going to try, and he’s ready with any of the Big Three to make a move if they can get them maybe some picks down the line, a good young player for down the line. But right now, whatever that is, I don’t think it’s shown itself. And as for Rondo, I don’t see that happening.”
Wojnarowski said Ainge might be asking teams what they would offer for Rondo in an attempt to determine the guard’s trade value going forward, but that’s different than actively “shopping” him. “Boston’s not doing that with Rondo,” he said, noting that it’s unlikely the guard will be moved this month.
“He’s got a very good contract,” Wojnarowski said. “The Celtics re-signed him on a favorable contract that they’re going to use at some point — you’re hoping if you’re Boston that you’re going to use him at some point as part of a package to bring in a big star player. Whether that’s somebody that’s trying to force his way out of another market, whether it’s a Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. That’s the kind of player Boston has pursued in trades and has used Rondo for. That’s what makes sense with him. He’s there to be part of a bigger package for a superstar, for a franchise player. They’re not going to trade Rajon Rondo for spare parts or just to get rid of him. That’s not going to happen.”
Added Wojnarowski: “They’re not going to trade him unless they get a superstar back. So, that probably tells you they’re not going to trade him, because that kind of player is not available to them right now.”
One popular rumor had the C’s considering sending Rondo to the Lakers for Pau Gasol.
Said Wojnarowski: “I think that LA certainly wants a point guard, there’s no question. I know Kobe [Bryant] loves Rondo, and he’d love to play with him. I’ve also been told, for all the talk about that Gasol [rumor] … I’ve been told the two teams never ever discussed — LA had never called Boston and they’ve never discussed it. I don’t think it’s anything that’s really based in any reality.”