Celtics Trade Rumors Abound: Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen to Detroit?
(Quick aside: Is it just me or is the NBA offseason easily the most fun of any sport?) Anyway, it appears, based on Woj's sources, that this rumor is likely to gain very little steam, primarily because Danny Ainge is dealing with "Bring in Rasheed Wallace to win a championship" Joe Dumars, as opposed to "Draft Darko, Trade Chauncey for Iverson" Joe Dumars.
And, point in fact, it does make little sense for the Pistons to consider this deal: moving the three best players on their roster for a quasi-washed up shooter and Rondo -- when they already have the upside-riddled Stuckey -- would probably have been an awkward axe on Dumars' head, presuming, of course, that's he's not invincible based on a championship.
But, as Watson pointed out earlier, there shouldn't be anything surprising about the Celtics now making potentially drastic roster moves; they won their championship, what everyone said at the time -- limited window, etc. -- came to fruition and now Ainge needs a sucker to unload on in order to give this squad a shot at actually winning another title.
Presuming that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are staying put, it seems pretty obvious that Allen and Rondo are the guys to go, no? (Because the guys to go have to have value for someone else, unlike, say, Brian Scalabrine.) This makes it pretty clear that the Celtics are not a) going to ink Allen to anything more than his one year remaining (duh) and b) that they aren't positive Rondo is the truth part deux, despite his amazing playoff run.
Of course, it's also entirely possible (likely?) that Ainge can't find someone to dump Rondo and Allen off on; if that's the case, this is a Celtics team that can -- clearly, based on this year -- still compete. But they need health and some luck. And possibly the fountain of youth if that's not too much to ask.