I agree with the OP. I am not saying Rondo and Jeff Green are Lebron and Durant.
But, in a lackluster Eastern Conference, believe it or not Rondo/Jeff Green could get you to the 8th seed.
Hell, Milwaukee was last year's 8th seed and they had a losing record.
I think if we rolled with the team as constituted, we are a 35 win basketball team (possibly a 40 win team if we pick up a decent center...ie Asik, Perk, etc.)
If you look at the roster, even though it's rather uneven and unbalanced (a ton of SGs and PFs, but no C), it just isn't bad enough to be a lottery team.
Philly, Orlando, Toronto, Utah, Phoenix are all worse than us and the jury is still out on teams like Denver, Minnesota, Cleveland, Sacramento, Washington and even Detroit for that matter.
That's why IF the goal is to tank, then a trade with Detroit involving Rondo makes too much sense.
If the goal isn't to tank, then I think Rondo and Green are likely still on the team.