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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pistons interested in Rajon Rondo, don’t want to give up Andre Drummond

Rajon-Rondo-CelticsRajon Rondo may claim he is looking forward to playing for new Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, but that does not mean teams around the NBA are going to stop inquiring about him. According to the Boston Globe, the Detroit Pistons are interested in making an offer for Rondo but may not have the pieces to get a deal done.

Actually, they have the pieces but are not willing to part ways with them.

The Celtics would presumably ask for emerging center Andre Drummond, who is as close to untouchable as a younger player can get. Detroit would like to send the Celtics Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that wouldn’t be nearly enough. Detroit doesn’t have a first-round pick to offer because of the Ben Gordon deal that gave the Bobcats the choice of a Pistons draft pick over the next four seasons

Drummond averaged 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his rookie season with the Pistons last year. He has the size and strength to become a dominant center in the NBA and is only 19 years old, so you can understand why Detroit would have no interest in trading him.

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You can also see why Boston would demand a package of top-quality talent and draft picks if they did decide to trade Rondo. The 27-year-old is a double-double machine, and if he comes back healthy from ACL surgery he should continue to be one of the best point guards in the NBA.

Personally, I’m not buying the whole Rondo being excited to play for Stevens thing. It may sound great now, but if the Celtics play poorly I believe it will only be a matter of time before Rondo wants out of town.

H/T Eye on Basketball

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