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Trade Rumor: A Chris Paul-to-Boston Trade Could Net the Pacers Rajon Rondo

Dave Navarro said it best when he released Trust No One. When it comes to NBA trade rumors, the trust old journalism axiom also applies: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Unfortunately, I have no sources to either confirm or deny the validity of the most recent Chris Paul-related rumor from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. But if they come to fruition, good lord, the Pacers would be proving just how valuable having some cap space can be. Just by jumping in to help facilitate a Paul-to-Boston deal, Woj is saying that Larry Bird can get Rajon Rondo without giving up all that much.

We have heard about this rumored deal before, but never with some many of the moving parts so fully detailed.

Ainge and Rivers believe they can convince Paul to stay with the Celtics beyond this season. That’s why Ainge has been so relentless on the phones, trying to secure the players beyond Rondo and Green that New Orleans would want for Paul.

The Celtics had discussions with the Indiana Pacers about the framework of a deal that could’ve sent Paul to the Celtics, Rondo to Indiana and a package, including former Hornet Darren Collison, Tyler Hansbrough,Brandon Rush and draft picks, to New Orleans, sources said.

New Orleans would have keener interest in small forwardsDanny Granger or Paul George, but Pacers president Larry Bird has declared those players “untouchable” in trade talks, sources said.

Losing Collison is something but not really when you upgrade to Rajon. So all you’re really losing there is Hansbrough, a valuable piece but not irreplaceable, and a few picks, which are crap shoots anyway and unlikely to be of the lottery variety, and Brandon Rush, who isn’t good.

This doesn’t really pass the smell test though.

Really, New Orleans can’t get anything better for the league’s best point guard than Jeff Green, Darren Collison, Tyler Hansbrough, Brandon Rush and a bunch on non-lottery picks? I dunno. There are a few fringe starters there, sure, and I like DC and Bro Hands (and very much don’t like Jeff Green), but this sounds like the opposite of the Herschel Walker deal.

Then again, if Paul is only a four-month rental who won’t commit to an extension and no teams will give up a sizable asset on that type of gamble, perhaps this is the best offer? It’s a least good volume. They do need warm bodies just to field a team next season, particularly since it’s hard to believe David West will re-sign with a team that lacks both an owner and, soon, an all-world point guard.

The Hornets have only six players under contract, and had hoped they could find a trade for Paul – who has told them he will leave as a free agent after the season – before the start of Friday’s training camp. That scenario looks less likely, because, as one executive in the talks said Thursday, “They’re bringing in more teams, more scenarios, when we thought they wanted to narrow it down.”

More than anything, however, I’m just shocked that the Warriors and Clippers have put, repectively, Steph Curry and Eric Gordon “off limits” in a Paul deal. Really? Then again, who am I to judge. It’s decisions like these that have left the Clipps and Dubs mantle’s littered with Larry O’Brien trophies.

Oh wait …

Topics: Boston Celtics, Brandon Rush, Chris Paul, Darren Collison, New Orleans Hornets, Rajon Rondo, Tyler Hansbrough

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  • Nik Krause

    Ohh baby Pacers would get the cream of the crop on this deal! Celts get a rental, NO gets Collison( solid young talent and a player favorite of mine), Hans( ill miss you but we will bring back the true feisty king, FOSTER!), and finally Brandon “ive got that green” Rush. GOOOO PACERS!!!!

  • Ian

    The Pacers would make out well but Rondo is also really overrated. The guy can’t shoot, and there was a really good article on ESPN showing that when either Allen or Pierce left the game (but Rondo stayed in) that the Celtics offense suffered horribly and Rondo’s assist rate dropped by a 3rd, but his scoring does not go up. Basically he’s a good defensive point guard and a solid passer who benefits from playing with 3 really efficient scorers and future hall of famers. He’s nowhere near a ‘star’

  • Mike

    This is stupid. Rajon is an upgrade over DC last year, but I think DC is really going to shine this season.

    But regardless, this leaves a huge hole at PF for us. We would have to sign at least two PFs now, and more than likely David West would lose all interest if DC was gone.
    So if we get Nene, then what else is there? We would have to tie up a lot of money in the three of Rondo, Nene and the other Big we would obviously have to sign, and we still have to sign Hibbert next year, unless of course Bird get’s his way and unloads Roy for Marc Gasol…..

    Rondo, George, Granger, Nene, HIbbert
    Bench – Price, Stephenson, Hill, Foster (and who else? Kwame Brown?? Geesh.)
    It’s not terrible, but you can’t tell me Rondo is worth more than DC and an off-the-bench Hansbrough! (And Rondo is probably one of my 3 or 4 favorite players in the whole league!)

    On top of all that, Rondo has had a few disputes and disagreements with Danny Ainge and the Celtics… does anyone really think he’s going to act anybody once he’s in INDIANA? Ugh, this is just dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • Sam

    Ok….Rondo is obviously a significant upgrade over Collison. With Rondo we become an elite defensive squad (not to mention Nene is a pretty good defensive player)

    In Hill, George, Granger, Hibbert, and any added free agents, we have scorers. Now with a floor general in Rondo, we have a very solid complementary lineup.

    We all love Psycho T. no doubt. But to get a young TRUE point guard stud in return would be well worth it.

  • papapapatrick

    i wouldn’t want rondo, he’d be in such a funk after being traded. wasn’t he supposed to be leading the next celtics era?

  • dwoe31

    dont do, just dont. this is a young core that is developing well together. Psycho T, came out shining in his true 1st year in the league, Darren Collison just played half a season with us, and Paul had a good start in his rookie year. they are going to get better working a full season together. Just pick up decent inside help. We obviously have the point guard taken care of, thanks to the draft trade. Larry needs to shy away from the poiint guard. He traded for DC, traded for George Hill, wants to trade for Rondo, and he traded ONeal for Ford.

  • dwoe31

    dont do it, just dont. this is a young core that is developing well together. Psycho T, came out shining in his true 1st year in the league, Darren Collison just played half a season with us, and Paul had a good start in his rookie year. they are going to get better working a full season together. Just pick up decent inside help. We obviously have the point guard taken care of, thanks to the draft trade. Larry needs to shy away from the poiint guard. He traded for DC, traded for George Hill, wants to trade for Rondo, and he traded ONeal for Ford.

  • paul

    I think Larry is in a catbird seat here. I think Indiana and Rondo would go well together. Rondo is a player you can build a championship around. It’s interesting to see how far people go, delving deep into statistical minutia, to prove that Rondo is “overrated”. Good grief.

  • JRC

    I don’t know about Rondo, but I was glad to see the NBA nix the Paul to LA trade. That would totally go against what the lockout supposedly just put a stop to. I know he is frustrated with New Orleans, but it would be nice to see a player try to make their current team a championship contender, instead of just jumping ship to one that’s essentially already built.

  • Mac

    With CP3 untradeable, Celtics and Pacers should rework CP3 deal to ORL, landing IND their dream Rondo, and BOS their dream of D12 + D-Will/CP3 with their 2012 cap space.
    This is done by freeing ORL of their worst liabilities. 

    BOS: D12 + Turk
    IND: Rondo
    ORL: Collison, Green, Avery Bradley, Etwan Moore, Celtics Clippers pick + their own pick + cash, Indy’s agreement to max out for 1 year on amnestied Arenas ($15M?) and $1M for each last 2 years, Garnett’s expiring, Posey’s expiring.

    This means ORL gets 4 young players + 3 1st round picks (in addition to their own), plus cash towards amnesty, while being massively under the cap next year to reload. Alternatively, Boston could amnesty KG saving ORL an additional $20M. With the picks, Magic can start assembling their own combo like Griffin+Gordon+Jordon/Durant+Westbrook+Ibaka/Rose+Deng+Noah.

    Rondo is a GREAT facilitator, which DG NEEDS. Rondo in a vaccume, not so good, but with scorers on the floor he’s tremendous. It’s therefor worth it to sacrifice cap room this season alone by taking on Gilbert from waivers.