Boston Commit To The Tank

Rondo Trade

So the deal has been struck and Danny Ainge finally decided to pull the trigger on Boston’s longest serving Celtic. This writer among other Boston fans are going to miss Rajon Rondo.

But whilst there are dark times ahead, a bright future isn’t that far away. Well in this writers eyes I predict Boston will once again be in playoff contention in the next 2-4 years and here is why.

Boston has traded an all-star caliber point guard in Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell to the Dallas Mavericks for Jae Crowder, Brandon Wright, Jameer Nelson and a 1st round draft pick.

So Boston got $8,647,243 in expiring contracts which will either be used in 2 ways. Are the players Dallas sent used for another trade which would have to be finalized by February 20th or are they going to be let go at the end of the season along with Bostons other expiring contracts?

Bostons expiring contracts include Marcus Thornton and Brandon Bass which totals $15,475,000 and if Jeff Green doesn’t pick up his player option that brings the total to $24,675,000.

No-one knows the direction Danny seems to be taking this team. Stockpiling draft picks and bringing down long term deals.

Rondo Dallas

Of all the Boston players there are only 2 players signed long term which is Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley. Are these the 2 players Boston plan on building around?

Two defensive minded guards and acquiring a rim protector and a scoring power and small forward. One thing I can say is free agency in 2015 and 2016 will be one to watch for Boston. The Celtics wont be on the downside for much longer and this trade gave more opportunities for the franchise.

Boston won’t win many more games this year, making their pick more valuable.

In this draft you have 3 potential all stars in Jahlil Okafor, a 6ft 11 centre who has been compared to Al Jefferson.

Emmanuel Mudiay who is a 6 ft 5 point guard who has similar handles to John Wall and Russell Westbrook like athleticism.

Lastly, Karl Anthony Towns who is a 7ft centre and looks absolutely unreal. Although not as polished as Jahlil he is athletically gifted and can step away from the basket for a deep shot, or drive he’s way to the basket.

In my mind I compare him to DeMarcus Cousins. So far Boston has a record of 11-18 with a predicted 10th draft pick but expect that to drop lower.

The thing this writer will miss but anticipate to see is playoff Rondo. What you see in the regular season is nothing compared to this animal.

Dallas are waking up feeling like quite possibly the luckiest team in the NBA with the scariest starting 5. Each member of the Mavericks game will elevate.

Tyson Chandler will be feeding off Rondo’s feeds all day. Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis will be given better looks from all aspects of the floor and Dirk will be the player we’ve grown to love.

Then we get to see Rondo at his best. Controlling the floor, distributing to the right players at the right time and playing at the level he can play at.

To summarize, don’t be sad Boston fans. The franchise is still the most successful in the NBA, some of the best players to have blessed the NBA have been there and there will always be great memories of Rondo; 4th in all time assists for Boston and one of the most creative players of recent years. You will be missed, but go get another ring that you deserve.

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My name is Samuel, I'm 26 years of age and I'm from Essex, United Kingdom. I've followed basketball for many years now and am an outspoken Boston Celtics fan. Although the Celtics are my team I will not let that influence any articles I write now or anytime in the future. I am a part of a podcast titled "In The Post" where we discuss current affairs in the NBA and any upcoming events, trades etc.

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