Tuesday, June 23, 2009
at 3:32 PM Posted by GHABB,Y~!
When I first heard that the C's were dangling Rajon Rondo, my first reaction was "oh Chad Ford, you muckraker you, I will not react to your attempts to raise my blood pressure and punch my computer." Rondo, as I've espoused many a time on this fair site, is a top-5 NBA point guard in only his third year, an unrivaled defender at his position, and is quicker than any guard in the league not named Derrick Rose. Surely, Chad Ford must have been jesting when he said that Danny Ainge, he of the awesome post-heart attack drugs, was offering the C's franchise point guard for a lottery spot in the worst draft since Darius Miles was picked #3 (minus my man-crush Ricky Rubio, OBVIOUSLY).
But then I heard the rumors again. And again. And again. And then this morning I read that the C's offered Rondo and Allen for the rotting corpse of Rip Hamilton, the not-nearly-as-good-as-everyone-thought Rodney Stuckey and circus freak Tayshaun Prince (seriously, the dude can tie his shoes without bending over, WTF). Such a trade would gobble up any and all cap space the C's may ever have in the future, turn us into Pistons '08 (a horridly shitty team) and, most importantly, get rid of the best pure shooter in the league and a franchise PG in the name of picking up three questionable players.
So it was of much surprise (and relief) to me when I heard that the PISTONS rejected the trade, proving that Joe Dumars is still the guy who drafted Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony. Really Joe? You think that adding Allen (and his $20m coming off the books next year) and Rondo would make your 8th seed team worse rather than better? Don't get me wrong, I'm ELATED you rejected the trade, but you're still dumb as a bag of rocks. And don't even get me started on how dumb this offer was on Ainge's account, as, best-case scenario, he's royally pissed off a player he reportedly wants to sign to a long-term deal before he becomes a free agent in 2010.
But the problem still persists - why in HELL are the C's shopping Rondo? I don't care if he shows up late to games, has trouble shooting outside of 12 feet and eats first-trimester aborted fetuses, the guy is A FRANCHISE POINT GUARD, of which there are few in the league. Look - the C's, as currently constituted, have probably one, maybe two legitimate championship runs left, especially if KG comes back healthy and they pick up a few (cheap) serviceable reserves. Why jeopardize that? Why "build for the future" when Rondo IS the not only the future but damn effective in the present, and the team's two best players are in the waning days of their effectiveness? The Celtics' time is NOW, not the future, to win another championship, and upsetting the apple cart at this stage in the game would be two huge steps back for a franchise that only recently started taking steps forward.
For the majority of my Celtics fandom, the team made an embarrassing habit of making short-sighted trades that mortgaged the future for a questionable present. As a hardcore fan, it frankly sucked. Here's hoping that Danny doesn't do that again.