Situation: Signed for $12 million in 2013, $13 million in 2014
Reasons for keeping: The Celtics were clearly worse without Rondo this season, and that was particularly evident in the playoffs. It turns out you need a capable ballhandler to run your offense, and Rondo beats pressure by himself. He’s the best passer in the league and also one of the more dynamic players.
Reasons for replacing: If Rondo comes back his as usual self from his knee injury, he’ll have serious trade value. He’s an inconsistent scorer, and the Celtics will have a hard time winning if he’s the best player on the team. With Rondo’s impending free agency coming in two years and a potential max contract looming, the Celtics may do better to get something for Rondo now and avoid having him walk then.
Dzen’s take: Replace him
What would you do?