It seemed as if the Detroit Pistons filled their glaring void at point guard when they acquired Brandon Jennings last week via sign-and-trade; but, were other intentions in mind?
According to The Boston Globe, the Detroit Pistons could use Brandon Jennings as a ‘trade chip’ to acquire Rajon Rondo. There has been an absurd amount of rumors and speculation whether the Pistons made an offer for Rondo already this off-season. Many believe the Boston Celtics would only be interested in a deal with Detroit if Andre Drummond is involved. It has also been rumored that the Pistons have absolutely ‘zero’ interest in trading their second-year center.
I think everyone would agree that the Detroit Pistons should attach the proverbial ‘Do Not Touch’ sign on the back of Andre Drummond when it pertains to any trade talk. If this is the case, would a deal for Rondo be possible without Drummond?
I think the only person who knows the answer to that question is Celtics GM Danny Ainge and whether he follows the trend of the ‘tank’. If the Celtics are seriously interested in tanking this season with hopes of landing in the lottery of one of the deepest NBA Draft’s in recent memory, then this is a trade they need to take into consideration. One would think that Detroit would probably have to package a deal that would send Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe to Boston, and who knows if that’s even enough…probably not. The Celtics would receive a young and talented point guard for $8 million per season and an expiring contract in Greg Monroe (who, if re-signed, could be your power forward/center of the future).
But, putting all rumors and speculation aside, would Rajon Rondo be a good fit in Detroit?
Rondo is known for his freakish athletic ability and savvy as a pure pass-first point guard. The only drawback to Rondo is the fact he’s coming off surgery for a torn ACL and a timetable is still uncertain for his return. Even if Rondo can make it back for opening night, it’s still up in the air whether he can still compete at the same level we’re accustomed to watching.
If Rondo can come back healthy and play at his usual All-Star level, he could give the Detroit Pistons the pass-first point guard they’re looking for…right now. Brandon Jennings is very young and very talented; probably just as talented as Rondo was at his age, but the possible acquisition of Rondo would make the Pistons contenders immediately.
Lets remember something though, Brandon Jennings could become the same type of player Rondo is with some years of polishing his game and honing his craft. Some would say Jennings is already a better scorer than Rondo, but that’s not necessarily what the Pistons need and what will win them games now. The Pistons coaching staff needs to carve Jennings into a play-maker, the type of play-maker who can drop fifteen dimes on any given night, like Rajon Rondo. The talent the Pistons have accumulated needs a leader at the helm and someone who can handle the point with the urge to make the players around him better.
Brandon Jennings could be that guy for Detroit. Rajon Rondo already is that guy for Boston. Will Rondo be that guy for Detroit at some point this upcoming season?
Would you give up major pieces of your franchise in exchange for Rondo handling your point?
Tell me what you think.