Again, what team is going to give value for Rondo?
Not many teams. But I'll name one: Phoenix. If they felt he'd be back before 1/1/2014, I could see them trading for him.
They need a franchise player who is a winner wicked bad.
I agree. It would kill me to trade Rondo but I would if we could get Dragic & Gortat back.
or even try to get Dudley in the deal as well:
We could also throw in a 2013 first rounder, Phx seems to like collecting those. I think it would bring their total up to about 16 or 17 first round picks next season.
Anyway, I dont see Rondo's injury as a huge hit to his value. For sure it hurts his value, but I dont think it completely destroys it. I think a team early in rebuilding would defnitely be up for getting him and willing to give up pieces to do so. Especially if there is any truth to the Phx wanting J-Smooth rumors. Rondo would be a nice piece to help entice Smith.
Phoenix won't give up both Dragic and Gortat for Rondo alone.
They might, however do something like this
PHO - Rondo, Smith
ATL - Gortat, Dragic, Bass, Lee
BOS - Teague, Williams, Dudley, W. Johnson
Boston gets a lot closer to a title this year by adding Teague and Dudley, gets a potential SG of the future in Williams, and shaves some cash by bringing in Johnson. Boston would have to re-sign Teague this summer, but Williams and Dudley are both signed long term on very reasonable deals.
Phoenix gets 2 stars who are friends to build around for 2 supposedly unhappy players.
Atlanta gets a center to move Horford to PF, a PG signed long term on a reasonable contract, and more depth to the team.