January 29, 2013
Time for Celtics to trade star assets
With Rondo out, Pierce or Garnett could go
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

With Rajon Rondo (left) out for the rest of this season and possibly part of the next, high-profile teammates such as Paul Pierce (right) and Kevin Garnett could be dealt if the Celtics opt to unload assets. Pierce, however, is talking like he's sticking around. (Reuters)

Rajon Rondo’s injury might force Boston’s hand.

Boston still considered itself a championship contender, even though that seemed like a foolish notion, as long as Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce remained healthy.

That meant no rebuild or even no retool.

But now, Rondo’s out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and might miss part of next season, too, depending on how quickly he is able to recover.

Without a real backup point guard (undersized scoring guards don’t count), now the team can either try to trade for a stopgap, or do the smart thing, and start selling assets.

As difficult as it would be to part with Pierce or Garnett, it makes sense to do it now.


Garnett might be harder to move. He’s older, surly and has a tough contract to peddle.

In a league weak on talent at small forward, Pierce remains rock-solid, even if he’s no longer dominant.


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