What to do with Rajon Rondo?

Celtics must weigh playoff run versus improving draft lottery chances

Updated: December 6, 2013, 10:07 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Rajon RondoAP Photo/Michael DwyerWhen Rajon Rondo, center, returns, what do the Celtics do with him?

This wasn't the plan. More than a month into the 2013-14 season, the Boston Celtics find themselves in first place in the Atlantic Division. At 8-12, the Celtics haven't dramatically exceeded expectations, but the inept Atlantic has put their plans of starting their rebuilding process with a lottery pick in some question.

In turn, the chance of a playoff run might affect Boston's plans for point guard Rajon Rondo, who is a possible trade candidate after he returns from his ACL injury. Let's assess the Celtics' options.