Boston Celtics: Should the Celtics Even Consider Trading Rajon Rondo?

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 09:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics speaks with the media after losing to the Miami Heat in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on June 9, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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When Rajon Rondo is hot, nobody can touch him. What makes the former Kentucky point guard so special is that he impacts the game not only scoring-wise, but also by getting others involved.

In the playoffs, Rondo was spectacular, showing everyone that he is a top-three point guard. Throughout the course of the three series, he averaged an absurd 17.3 points, 11.9 assists and 6.7 rebounds.

In the conference finals, Rondo put up 20.9 points and 11.3 assists, proving that he can score enough when he wants to.

Remember in Game 2, when he put up 44 points and was actually hitting threes? Rondo has the ability to score, but critics continue to point to his streaky jumper.

Last season was like any past one. Rondo was involved in trade talks, most notably ones which involved the Celtics getting Chris Paul or Stephen Curry.

While trading Rondo for Curry is absolutely asinine and makes no sense whatsoever for the franchise, considering Curry's weak ankles, getting CP3 wouldn't be too bad.

However, Boston was engaging in talks for a Paul rental. You heard that right: Danny Ainge was willing to trade his star point guard for one year of Chris Paul.

For one reason or the other, Rondo's value has never been as high as his fellow point guards. Whether it is his jumper, his free-throw percentage or even his attitude, people find reasons for why Rondo is not worth very much.

For the first time in years, I have not seen a Rondo trade rumor. It seems like Danny Ainge has realized that he has a superstar talent on his hands and the fact that Boston needs Rondo.

The Celtics should never trade their point guard. He wants to play here, and he's young. It's the best possible combination any general manager could ask for.

The real test for Rondo will come a few years down the road, when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are likely retired. The knock on Rondo has long been that he can't play without guys who can score.

Just like any other challenge he has encountered in his career, Rondo will likely perform even better without these two future Hall of Famers.

If there is one guy I would never bet against, it would be Rondo. Let's just hope that he is still throwing alley-oops in the 2020s.