The case for keeping Rondo

Why Celtics might be better off hanging on to Rondo rather than trading him

Updated: January 26, 2014, 2:54 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Rajon RondoAP Photo/Charles KrupaRajon Rondo has shown the ability to elevate the play of his teammates.

Rajon Rondo's return from a torn ACL suffered a year ago sparks all sorts of interesting conversation surrounding his future with the Boston Celtics. With the offseason trade of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, there was seemingly instant speculation about whether Rondo would be the next piece to be jettisoned, as Boston undergoes a franchise reset. The NBA is a copycat league, and when a team hoists the white flag of "rebuild," the assumption is that the team is looking to sell any and all assets in an effort to hoard draft picks and young players on affordable rookie-scale contracts, with the hope that one (or some) might actually hit and turn into a transcendent talent.

But what if you already have that kind of talent on your roster, just entering his prime? This week, we saw the Celtics effectively ask that same question, as news reports indicate that there have been discussions between the team and Rondo's representatives regarding a contract extension. Here's an explanation for why Boston would take this strategy rather than dumping him.


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