Doc Rivers might feel confident in his relationship with Rajon Rondo, but that means about as much as Rivers also saying that he has not discussed deals with GM Danny Ainge- in other words, nothing at all.
Surely, even basketball fans outside of Beantown can remember what happened almost exactly a year ago. Rivers appeared to be as blind-sided as anyone upon finding out that Perkins had been shipped to Oklahoma City.
"It was the most difficult thing I have had to do since I’ve been in the league," Rivers said. "It was like sending one of your kids [away]."
For practical purposes, whether or not Ainge and Rivers have actively discussed trades is about as relevant to Rondo’s status on the team as Myspace is to teenagers.
From the outside looking in, it does appear as though Rondo may have worn out his welcome to some degree.
Even Grantland’s Bill Simmons, who, If I’m not mistaken used to be rather high on Rondo, seems to have turned on him largely due to his continued inability to hit a medium-range jump shot.
Look, there’s a reason we left Rondo out when we did "Sources Should Say" pieces on Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett a month ago, back when Ainge first acknowledged that he was open to trading his stars.
Trading your youngest brightest star (and possibly top-5 point guard) doesn’t make much sense, even if you’re thinking about rebuilding. Remember, they have Rondo locked-in for the next four years at an exceedingly fair $46 million.
At the same time, you never know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. His temperamental, moody nature combined with how much of a crunch-time liability he can be is clearly making Ainge look around for other options, regardless of whether or not he’ll openly admit it.
So, for the sake of hypothetical trades, let’s look at a few Rondo deals that are actually justifiable on some level.