Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Rockets Option As Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger Traded For Kevin Love?

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Jun 06, 2014 12:07 PM EDT
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) defends with Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles the ball as Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) defends with Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries in the first half at American Airlines Arena. "

The Boston Celtics have some big questions heading into the offseason, as a Kevin Love trade could be on the horizon for the team and if that doesn't work out, Rajon Rondo could get traded away from the city as Danny Ainge must weigh whether to move draft picks and players like Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries or Gerald Wallace in the hopes of acquiring a superstar with the Timberwolves.  

The Celtics have the assets to win the Kevin Love trade and now that 16 different teams have called in, clearly there is some competition. Rondo is the main question for the Celtics and they want to keep him long term and adding Love could bring the team back to playoff contention very quickly and they could move some draft picks or players to get it done.

The Celtics are coming into the offseason with some major plans on the horizon and while they may not pull it off, the team is in on the Kevin Love trade rumors and if that doesn't work out, they have a top 10 pick to fall back on. According to ESPN.com reporter Marc Stein, the Rockets are also looking at a trade for Kevin Love along with a trade for Rajon Rondo and that leaves Danny Ainge with some different angles this offseason, as he can try and sign Rondo long term, trade Rondo, or try to bring in Love or another player to play alongside Rondo as the team tries to rebuild. The top draft pick is valuable and that could get moved in the Love deal, but if not it's likely the team gets a solid player with that pick.

The top 10 of the draft could see a number of trades, as SI.com reports that multiple teams have already fielded calls about those picks and the Celtics could be one of the teams on that list. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the number one pick again and they likely will get some calls about major packages for that pick and it also puts them in the mix for Love if they want to go down that road. The franchise is hoping to keep Kyrie Irving long term and this draft pick and what the Cavs do with it may dictate if that comes to fruition or not.

This is the second year in a row that the Cavaliers have won the draft lottery and this year they should get a can't-miss player, as names like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are available. Those three players are considered the top picks in the draft and while no draftee is a sure thing, these three players look to be the real deal like Irving was when he got picked. Last season the Celtics won just 25 games and they lost 57 and while Rondo could get traded, the team could go bold and trade for Love and that would be a massive move. According to ESPN.com, 16 different teams have called about Love already and that could make for some interesting drama coming up this summer. 

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