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Your Morning Dump… Where there’s little talk of trading Rondo at the deadline

Chuck - Red's Army January 30, 2014 Celtics News, Jared Sullinger, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 22 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

However, a source with direct knowledge of the situation has informed Basketball Insiders that the Celtics have demonstrated little activity as it relates to potentially moving Rondo at the deadline. The team has stopped short of giving Rondo a no-trade guarantee, but has made it clear it would take a substantial offer for the team to deal away its floor general.

According to the source, the New York Knicks have been the team with the strongest interest in potentially acquiring Rondo from the Celtics as the deadline nears. The Knicks’ interest should come as no surprise as the team has endured their own struggles at point guard with the trio of Raymond Felton, Beno Udrih and Pablo Prigioni underachieving. However, the Celtics have no interest in the Knicks’ current assets at the moment.

Rondo has appeared in six contests since returning from injury and is still attempting to regain his form posting averages of 6.7 points and 5.7 assists on just 28 percent shooting from the floor.

Basketball Insiders

File under: information educated fans already know but the Boston sports talk show community continues to ignore.

According to a Hoopsworld analysis, Rajon Rondo leads all players in “trade rumor reports.” He was mentioned in some 15 rumors over the past two weeks. The analysis doesn’t detail the source of the reports, but I have yet to hear a trade rumor involving Rondo that doesn’t make me laugh aloud.

On Page 2, Brad Stevens wants more from Jared Sullinger.

With Boston mired in an extended losing funk, Stevens asked Sullinger to take his game to a higher level and cement himself as a leader of a Celtics team that isn’t afraid to lean on him despite his age.

The 21-year-old Sullinger responded by putting up game highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds, but he could only watch as Evan Turner’s contorted floater at the buzzer lifted the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-94 triumph Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Playing out of position given the Celtics’ absence of a pure center, Sullinger is averaging 12.8 points and 7.8 rebounds over 26.6 minutes per game. With the team’s struggles, he is the only regular that remains in the positive in plus/minus at plus-7. It’s a staggering stat considering that Boston is minus-206 as a team and the other most frequent frontcourt starter, Brandon Bass, is minus-240 for the season.

What’s more, Sullinger is playing with both a bruised hand and a dislocated index finger on his shooting hand — an injury that popped out of place again during Wednesday’s loss.

ESPN Boston

I’m getting attached to this kid’s game and effort. It would be a shame to lose him in a mega-deal for (insert super-star’s name here).

Rondo, Sullinger and Jabari Parker would be a helluva core to lead the next era of Celtics greatness.

And finally… the Celtics hit the Atlantic Division basement

“If you have animals, go home and hang out with them,” said Kris Humphries. “Focus on your hobby.”

But with a three-day gap between last night’s 95-94 loss to Philadelphia and Sunday’s game against Orlando, the Celtics are destined for some quality time with each other.

The Celtics, losers of 19 of their last 22 games, need something other than the assurance of a good lottery position for their fading spirit.

Evan Turner’s 7-foot pull-up at the buzzer produced the win for the Sixers, the team the C’s are battling to stay out of the Atlantic Division basement.

The Celtics, at 15-33, have replaced the equally moribund Sixers at the bottom of the worst division in the NBA.

And the implications of the game couldn’t have been more obvious if they streamed ping-pong balls on the Garden Jumbotron.

Herald

Embrace it people.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Nowhere to go but up | Sullinger, Olynky in Rising Stars game | Globe – Celtics lose to 76ers on buzzer beater | Celtics/Philly rivalry not what it used to be | Herald – Fatal edge gets closer for Celtics | CSNNE – History of the commish vs Boston | Successful homecoming for 76ers Carter-Williams | Hump: If you have animals, go home and hang out with them |

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  • RedsLoveChild

    Last night was a “clutch loss”…Celtics now in the Top 3!!!

    Team Record GB

    MLW 8-37
    ORL 12 -35 3.0
    BST 15-33 5.5

    • Brad P

      What are the chances the Bucks and Magic both pass up on Embiid? They have Sanders and Vucevic respectively

      • Chuck Da buck

        Man I like embid but its scary to think about I would be so nervous being ainge knowing that he has to hit on this pick. I think I would end up taking Parker just cause he seems the safest pick I would be s mad if we pick a bust.

        • bill_nair

          Id hate to have Dannys job come July. Imagine having to choose between Wiggins, Embiid and Parker? I mean they’re all fine talents but you can see why they’d be busts (i don’t think they’ll be “busts” but could see 2 of the 3 being nothing more than all-stars.) In my opinion Embiid is the riskiest. Im not as enamored with him as others but you cant teach size like Red said. Im more interested in what happens if we fall say 5-10. What does he do than?

          Quick Q: We have a clear need for a scorer and Center, do you go Embiid or one of the wing players? Just curious how others feel.

          • eddysamson

            Since we have Olynyk and Sully and since Green can be questionable I would definitely go with the Wing.

          • bill_nair

            Thats how I see it. Plus I prefer him taking a big with the 2nd pick if there are any good ones available.

          • RedsLoveChild

            No brainer…Championships are won in the paint!

            Load up on talented guys with size—“glass-eaters” who will defensively lock-down the paint—and you`ll have the rest of the league running for their lives!!

            Basketball is like Boxing…a good big man will always beat a good little man.

          • bill_nair

            I agree with you 100% Red. Im an old-school bball guy myself so I prefer the traditional tough/defensive c’s and the pf who could shoulder the scoring load. Im tired of watching sully play the 5.

            But the thing with Embiid is hes not known as a defender. His bread and butter is offense which is fantastic, but leaves me a little worried he may not pan out to be as great as we’d need him to be. Not that he cant develop it, i know hes extremely raw.

            Again, Danny’s got his work cut out for him if he ends up in that top 4.

          • RedsLoveChild

            To be honest, I`ve never seen Embiid play. I have a feeling Danny will “double-down” in this draft.

            In addition to their own very high draft pick, my hunch is that Ainge will package the Brooklyn pick along Rondo to get a second very high pick…to land 2 of the top 5 picks overall.

          • Chuck Da buck

            I love embid but its scary drafting a seven footer cause the bust potential if its me I got with Parker and then Adrienne Payne in the late first with Brooklyn’s pick. I would Love to get a third first rounder and drafts stauskus with it he reminds me of hayward. We would be set with those three for a great future. A month ago we probably coulda got stauskus in the second so by draft night hell probably be a lottery pick.

          • bill_nair

            Ya I want a third first too. Im a huge Selden fan and thats probably regional bias. Would love to see him in green.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Right now….no chance both will pass…you can`t teach height.

        Would love to see the Celts trade for Sanders, and join Sully in the paint.

  • MatthewWilding

    That Kris Humphries quote is incredible.

  • bill_nair

    There is stats for sports rumors?! Analytics is taking over the world.

    “Rondo, Sullinger and Jabari Parker would be a helluva core to lead the next era of Celtics greatness.”

    I like the way you think Chuck. Just wish Sully would get that hand 100%. Seems like he’s been injured all season.

  • vitamin d

    Lol “embrace it people”

  • Rich Jensen

    I’d like to know DA’s *honest*, unvarnished, unretouched opinion of the trade packages that the Knicks have offered for Rondo: “We’ll offer you a 2018 pick, a 2020 pick, All our players with last names that end in ‘i’, a ham sandwich, and a dinner with Carmelo & LaLa Anthony. You know you’ll have to take this because Rondo is going to come to New York to play with Melo anyway, and when that happens, boy will you look stupid.”

    • Curt Hays

      Who is saying that Rondo wants play with Melo?

      • Rich Jensen

        Dude, only the guy who coached them in high school! I guess Rondo called him up one day and said, “I want to play with Melo soooo bad, but I’m really passive aggressive, and so I don’t want to talk to my boss about it, so could you please tell some reporter somewhere that this is what I really and truly want, so that I don’t have to do anything difficult or hurt anyone’s feelings, but can still get my way.”

        • Curt Hays

          That sounds plausible. Rondo doesn’t like confrontation. Rondo doesn’t really stand up for himself or his teammates. TRADE HIM NOW!!!!

          • jrleftfoot

            +1. sounds like somebody`s high school coach is seeking attention. Imagine that

  • cal

    if we have the first pick I’d try to trade it for Drummond-Detroit has Monroe and no wings

  • cal