Re: If DA doesn't come up with a rim protector before the regular season starts, I'll lose all respect for him.
posted at 8/25/2014 6:10 PM EDT
I am a known Tank Brigade Commander, but let me put that aside to drink a little Kool Aid for the moment.
IF the plan is really to stick with Rondo, and build a team he would actually want to play on, then the guy I think they should go after is DeAndre Jordan. Every team that is looking for a Center is going to be falling over each other to recruit Marc Gasol. The Celts, (who have shown previous interest in Jordan) should go 1st and foremost right to DeAndre, make him feel loved, and not like a fall-back plan.
Now, in no way do I think this makes the Celtics any more than a slightly above average playoff team, but personally I don't see them building anything much better than that around Rondo anyway. BUT...Jordan is tailor made to play with Rondo, in a way that Monroe, Hibbert, and Gasol are not. He can actually catch and finish lobs! That's the long and short of it, because Rondo hasn't had a big guy who could do that since 2008 Garnett.
Rondo is the second best ally-oop passer in the league, yet there is only ONE guy on the team who plays anywhere near above the rim, and he only comes to play every third game or so! Sully, Olynyk, Monroe, Hibbert, Gasol, even Asik and Gortat can't maximize Rondo's potential, because they can't capitolize on what Rondo is best at.
Also Deandre fits into the age bracket for the team, has some playoff experience, and is a rim protector. He needs a good PG however or he is basically useless, Rondo would bring out the best in him, and visa versa.
I'm pretty sure the Celtics will be willing to pay him, and maybe he is sick of living in Blake's shadow. Going from the best passer in the league to the second best would probably be quite a selling point, as well.
They would still be bereft of a go-to scorer, but there are ZERO available. The two closest guys we could get are Rudy Gay, and Joe Johnson. Gay may be a serious option although, again, he isn't the optimum choice, but Paul Peirce is on the Wiz and not 26 anymore. If Gay can't work out, then maybe they use Sully, and Bass to go after Josh Smith, who I don't like, but would be paramount in giving Rondo a reason to re-sign with the Celtics.
Rondo-Bradley-Green-Smith-Jordan or Rondo-Bradley-Gay-Sully-Jordan. This is really the best we can hope for with Rondo as the teams franchise player. Not real contenders, they aren't beating the Cavs, or Spurs, but they could play with almost anyone else, but either team would actually be fun to watch, maybe make some noise in the playoffs for the next 4 or 5 years, and make Rondo and his fans happy. If, of course, that is the ultimate goal for the team moving forward.