Re: Rondo Turns Off Free-Agents?
posted at 7/17/2014 2:11 PM EDT
In response to Petey62's comment:
In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:
The first step to getting back to being relevant is to have at least two young-ish, established stars to build around. If DA trades Rondo then he's back at square 1 -- hoping he can land a centerpiece player or two in the draft, via trade or by throwing a ton of money at him in FA. Rondo either helps land the next big piece or he should be traded for pieces/picks that can expedite the rebuilding process. I can't see why guys wouldn't want to play with him -- he's a pass-first PG on a team that needs guys to pass to. I don't buy media reports that say he turns guys off from playing here. And even if true, then DA may have to trade for them and let them find out for themselves.
The crux of the Rondo situation is whether DA thinks he's a max salary guy who will be able to be a part of a duo or trio of star players going forward or if he can fetch players/picks to help the C's in their rebuilding process.
I think this post says it all.
Once we get a couple young stars, we will not only play much better but we'd attract that centerpiece player. Right now, we don't have that young star outside of Rondo. And after him, there is nothing attractive about this roster. Nothing.
I can see where Rondo can turn off other players. He had ups and downs with Doc, Pierce and KG and at times, I remember him sulking when Pierce or KG gave him instruction on the court.
Also, I would not put too much emphasis on Rondo being a pass-first guard. That would apply only to Melo, KD and Kobe - the biggest gunners in the game. But for the other centerpiece players, they'd require more than just passes from Rondo.
Everyone thats played a sport knows that this happens. When you are around each other each and every day all the time, there are bound to be arguments. Bound to be disagreements. I find it puzzling that people choose to act like Rondo disagreeing with teammates is anything out of the ordinary. We have seen Lebron arguing with Bosh, Wade, and Chalmers on the court numerous times. Does that mean people dont want to play with Lebron now? Does that mean Lebron is a bad teammate? No. It means he is what all NBA players are...human.
Also, dont forget that those same players you mentioned, KG, Paul, as well as Doc, had nothing but praise for Rondo their last few seasons together, as well as when they departed from the team.