Updated 08:05 PM EDT, Fri, Jun 18, 2021

NBA Trade Rumors 2014: Boston Celtics Trade Will Trade Rajon Rondo If Given 'Irresistible' Offer

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The Boston Celtics look determined to keep Rajon Rondo beyond the trade deadline, but reports on Monday suggested that the Celtics could still consider moving the All-Star point guard.

CSNNE reported that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge might consider trading the highly-coveted point guard if given an offer that is too good to pass up.

According to NBA insider A. Sherrod Blakely, the Celtics will be forced to deal Rondo if a team is willing to offer a package similar to what the Brooklyn Nets offered to Boston during the blockbuster trade that sent veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets.

"It's going to have to be a Brooklyn Nets-type of deal, one that is just too irresistible to pass up," Blakely said. "It's going to have to be better than that deal."

Blakely said that the Celtics will likely trade the superstar point guard if a team offers a package composed of multiple and unprotected first-round picks along with young and upcoming players, who can play major roles in their rebuilding process.

When the Celtics moved Pierce and Garnett during the offseason, they acquired the 2014, 2016, and 2018 first-round picks of the Nets plus a right to swap picks in 2017. Aside from the picks, the Celtics also acquired MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace, and Kris Humphries.

"It's going to have to include some type of young, talented up-and-coming player, probably is going to have to involve multiple first round picks, they're probably going to have to be unprotected, it has to be one of those deals that Danny Ainge looks at and says, 'There's no way I can turn this deal down,'" Blakely said.

The New York Knicks made it no secret that they will continue to make a strong push to acquire the 27-year-old point guard before the deadline, but Blakely is quite sure that Rondo will not be traded to New York this season.

"We got through this every single year where they're talking about this guy wants to go to New York, or New York can get this guy. Not going to happen. If he's going to be traded it is not going to be to the New York Knicks because they have literally nothing that the Celtics want," Blakely said.

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