Trade rumor season hasn't even started and we've already had our first Rajon Rondo rumor. It was a soft rumor, months old and with little actual substance, but it was just the start of what is sure to be a hectic couple of months as we approach the Feb. 19 trade deadline.
You all know my take by now. I'm a fan of Rajon Rondo and while I'm capable of seeing and even worrying about his flaws, I'm steadfastly against trading him. But the perception persists (despite my best efforts) that the Celtics would be better off trading their start point guard.
So I'm going to try something new. I want to issue a challenge to those who think trading Rondo is a good idea. Convince me. Convert me to your way of thinking. This won't be easy. In fact, it might be impossible. But you are welcome to give it the old college try.
Give me specific reasons why Rondo can't be a long term solution here. Why Ainge would be better off trying to find a trade for him. What kind of value you'd expect in return (bonus points for actual trade proposals that work in the trade machine)?
I'll take your arguments, drop them into the text of an article, and provide my responses. They might be short or long, serious or humorous depending on your entry.
Instead of doing a Google form, I'm going to experiment with having you simply reply in the comments below. I'm also willing to accept tweets, but you'll have to include the hashtag #TradeRondo in it somewhere.
So ahead and give me your best shot. Come at me with your trade Rondo rationale. I'm ready.