The Boston Celtics are coming off a win and are preparing for their next game as the news and rumors pick up.
Check out the latest buzz below.
Top Rondo Trade Scenarios
Rajon Rondo could easily be traded before the deadline, and there’s been lots of speculation and rumors about the point guard.
Bleacher Report‘s Ric Bucher and Howard Beck discussed potential scenarios.
Bucher noted that ideally, the Celtics would find a trade partner in the Western Conference. “You always like to do that so that you don’t have a player coming back to haunt you,” he said.
Bucher says, out of the teams that could give the Celtics some of the quality peices they’re seeking, the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and Utah Jazz come to mind.
The Milwaukee Bucks is yet another potential destination, teaming Rondo with coach and former point guard Jason Kidd.
Beck agreed with all those destination, while adding the Dallas Mavericks. “It was very hard to make a one-to-one trade to a lot of these teams,” he noted about trying to envision a deal. “They didn’t have the right assets, in respect to the cap and what the Celtics need.”
But there are still possibilities for the Celtics getting something in return, while Rondo would be happy enough to re-sign with the team he’s getting dealt with. Beck says one trade that would work would be Rondo for Jrue Holiday and a first-round pick. “Holiday, reasonably priced for $10 million, he’s good but not great, but a nice piece there and could fit with what the Cletics have, and you get another first-round pick to add to Danny Ainge’s immense stash.”
And “Could you imagine Rondo and Anthony Davis?”
The other plausible trade would be Rondo to the Los Angeles Lakers for Steve Nash’s expiring contract, lottery pick Julius Randle, and a first-round pick for 2016. “Either of those two scenarios could work out, and they’re both places Rondo could be excited about going.”
Sullinger Trying to Rediscover Offensive Touch
Jared Sullinger is struggling offensively in recent games, prompting him to hit the gym to practice harder.
For instance, after the recent loss to the New York Knicks, he drove himself to the team’s practice facility and put up a bunch of shots.
“I’ve been [going to the gym after games] since high school. I have a bad game and I used to ask my dad, ‘Can we go to the gym?’ And I just get some shots and get back to what works for me,” he told the Boston Globe.
“You almost kind of replay the game in your head and think of all the opportunities you had to score and you visualize the game. It’s almost to the point where you’re playing a five-on-five game with yourself.”
Before the Celtics win over Philadelphia, Sullinger was averaging just 39.4 percent from field goal range in December, after 46.8 percent in November.
Chris Forsberg of ESPN said that the Celtics need Sullinger to bust out of his slump.
“There is really no argument: When Sullinger plays to his standards, Boston is a better team. Consider this: Over the first 17 games of the season, the Celtics owned a net differential of plus-1.3 points per 100 possessions when Sullinger was on the floor. When he was off, that differential dived to minus-9.8 as Boston’s offensive rating dipped by 7 points and its defensive rating climbed by 4½ points,” he noted.
“For the season, Boston’s offensive rating is 103.1 with Sullinger on the floor — about a point higher than the season average. The defensive rating is 103.6, not a particularly great number, but still 1.1 points less than the team’s season average. Sullinger’s minus-0.4 differential overall is best on the team among regulars (only Marcus Smart and Gerald Wallace, who have played limited minutes, own positive marks for the team).”