The NBA always leads the pack in eye-catching trades, and this season looks to be no different, especially when considering the amount of quality teams in the playoff hunt. Names will be tossed around from now until the March 15th trade deadline, highlighted, at this point, by Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Golden State’s Monta Ellis.
The Celtics have been dangling Rondo for at least a year now, perplexing because he seems to be the only cog on the team worthy of building around due to his age and the fact that most of his teammates’ contracts end after this year. ESPN notes that Boston had its eyes on Steph Curry early in the season. Question: if you swap the two how, exactly, does Boston improve? The NBA is a point guard-driven league, so unless Boston can import a playmaker of Rondo’s caliber (his 9.6 APG are second in basketball), the idea of moving him seems foolish.
Golden State, on the other hand, boasts two tween guards that are very one-dimensional. Ellis and Curry are great scorers, but that’s about it; Ellis isn’t particularly good at setting his team mates up, and neither are lockdown defenders. Orlando is the team being mentioned as a potential destination for Ellis; with the right combination of talent and draft picks (Jameer Nelson or Ryan Anderson would have to be added to make the trade attractive), both teams could potentially come out in better shape. The Magic in particular would secure the best wing man that Dwight Howard has played with, greatly improving the chances of him resigning in the process.