COLUMN: Celtics could move Rajon Rondo to Lakers


By James H. Williams

While the 2014 NBA Draft has come and gone, the question now has to be what exactly did we learn from the day as a whole.

One issue that came to the forefront during the rough drawing was the status of Rajon Rondo in Boston.

After what appeared to have been years of talk behind trading away Rondo, it may actually happen this off-season.

The Celtics entered the NBA Draft with two first round picks and used the first pick to draft guard Marcus Smart with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

The selection of Smart, who was the second point guard taken, could turn out to be a bold statement and that leaves me to wonder, what will happen to Rondo.

Right off the bat one landing spot that comes to mind is with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Let’s break it down this way; there is all the talk of the cap room and space that the Lakers have right now to bring in not one, but possibly two major free agents, most notably LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, but what if that does not work out.

Yes, I know Rondo is not a free agent until 2015 so they would not be capable to sign him this off-season, but they can trade for him, particularly if the Lakers have money to work with.

As of right now, the Lakers only have four players under contract not including newly acquired rookie Juilius Randle.

While two of the four players under contract are point guards (Steve Nash and Kendall Marshall), the Lakers would still make for a good dance partner to trade with.

For example, the Celtics could trade Rondo to the Lakers in return for future draft picks and Steve Nash.

Nash could be held back in Boston as a mentor for Smart or could only be let go to free up some room in a perfect universe.

Rondo is set to make $12 million in the last year of his contract while Nash is set to make $9 million.

While it may be a rough idea and the two teams are rivals, it is something both teams could consider.

The Celtics should consider the move to make sure they get something for Rondo before he walks as a free agent. The Lakers should consider the move to try and bring in solid talent to play alongside Kobe Bryant.

Also, it would appear that Bryant doesn’t mind having teammates who have been physical and in his face in the past while they were on opposing teams. Some previous examples of this include Ron Artest and Matt Barnes. Rondo has been no different during his battles against the Lakers during his career.

Let us know what you’re thinking. Do you think Rondo will be with the Celtics next season? If not, where do you think he will be?

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