No one will argue that Rajon Rondo has not been an integral part of the recent success of the Boston Celtics, but it may be time to part ways. With the "Big 3" on their way out the door and a painful rebuilding process in the works, the Celtics need to make a move to keep themselves viable for the next 5-7 years before they reach the crapshoot that is the NBA lottery. Here are five reasons Rajon Rondo needs to be wearing another uniform this offseason.
His value will never be higher
Playing with the likes of a 35-year-old Paul Pierce and a clearly not ready for primetime Jeff Green as the only real mainstays after next year, who exactly is Rondo going to be passing to? Unless the Celtics are able to strike gold in this year's draft or there are some major changes coming to the roster that none of us can see, Rondo's value will take a significant hit. Rondo is valuable to the Celtics because he can facilitate to the many weapons on the current Celtics roster, with no more weapons, Rondo would have to take on the role of Chris Paul or Derrick Rose and he is no where near that offensively gifted.
He's a Head Case
So your best friend got traded, what do you do? Go into a month-long slump, of course. Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo apparently mean so much to each other that Rondo can't function without him. This isn't the first time he has been overly dramatic either. His second year in the NBA he apparently felt the "Big 3" should have been the "Big 4." Really? Are you even on the same level as Pierce, Allen and Garnett now? Once KG, Ray and Paul are gone this is officially Rondo's team and he has clashed with Coach Rivers in the past. It might be best to allow Doc to coach the Celtics and play mind games with Rondo from afar.
He is taking an absolute beating
Rondo plays a very aggressive style of ball much like Allen Iverson did without the nasty cross-over. Rondo certainly can out-physical many point guards in the league, but with an ever increasing share of the offensive workload coming his way and no real jumpshot to speak of (yes, we will get to that), Rondo is going to have to live and die in the paint and it will only be a matter of time before his body starts wearing down.
The Man Can't Shoot
When part of your defensive strategy is to leave someone wide open from 15 feet and out you know that person can't shoot. The Miami Heat did just that and won their playoff series, albeit there were more reasons than just that. Without a significant improvement over the offseason, Rondo still creates a liability. The Celtics as constructed are a half-court offense team and having only two real shooters left in Allen and Pierce means the defense can focus on closing down the lane and taking away Rondo's greatest offensive asset, his slashing ability.
We would hate to see him go through this
We've seen this before. A talented player who starts his career in Boston only to have his prime years wasted with mediocre talent and only by dealing with some of the dumbest GM's in NBA history does that man's fortunes get turned around. We played this game with Paul Pierce but Rondo has had a real taste of the good life. How will he react to playing for a loser? It's not worth watching someone who has put his body on the line for you waste his prime with a sub-.500 team. Rondo deserves to exit before it gets that bad.