If you believe the media in Detroit, the Pistons want Rajon Rondo. It’s been a story line since the great rebuild began in Boston. Here’s the latest, courtesy the Detroit News:
The Pistons aren’t shopping Monroe but they’re near the point where at least listening would be prudent, although the market for shot-creating small forwards isn’t the greatest (Philadelphia’s Evan Turner, Golden State’s Harrison Barnes), and they’re not giving away Monroe for pennies on the dollar.
And nobody believes Celtics head honcho Danny Ainge will hold onto point guard Rajon Rondo, who just returned after recovering from ACL surgery, at all costs.
The Pistons have always been enamored with Rondo, the ultimate facilitator and competitor. And though Detroit has Brandon Jennings, he’s not necessarily viewed as a long-term option at point guard.
For every sourced report about Rondo wanting to stay in Boston and vice versa, there are 10 baseless rumors about him being traded. We’ve reached the point here where we don’t want to give any visibility to this garbage. But this morning I came across some common sense from Detroit radio host Matt Dery:
Rondo deal here? Don’t hold your breath. Ainge will want Drummond or a first round pick from #Pistons. The rest of the talk is nonsense.
— Matt Dery (@dery1051) January 20, 2014
I would support a Rondo for Drummond deal. Athletic 7-footers with his skill set don’t come around too often. But he’s pretty much untouchable. As for Detroit’s 1st rounder this year, it could go to Charlotte as part of a previous trade.
Read Dery’s conversations for a good laugh. Pistons fans throwing around deals that include Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, etc. It’s hysterical. As for Greg Monroe (RFA), Dery suggests Ainge would never trade for him unless there’s a long term commitment.