So for anyone who wasn't paying attention today, I have good news, bad news, and potentially more good news.
The good news: We officially passed a new Arena deal today! HUZZAH!
The bad news: We moved down in the lottery YET AGAIN and now own the 8th overall pick.
The intriguing news: We have already announced our intentions to trade the pick for a veteran.
I, for one, think this is a good idea. The last thing this franchise needs is another 19 year old tweener that's going to take 4 years to develop into a decent player. This puts us in a great spot.
As much as it pains me to say it, we gotta sign and trade Isaiah Thomas. He's my favorite King, but he's a 6th man on a contender, not the starting PG on a contender, and he's going to demand too high of a salary this off-season to be our backup PG.
So here's what the Kings do. Goes back to an old idea that's floated around for years.
Bringing in Rondo gives us a PG that we can win a championship with. He is perfect for this team.
1. He's a top notch defender (in a division filled with top-level PGs), with good size and a great wingspan for the position.
2. He is 1 of, if not the best pure distributor in the league. With DMC doing DMC things down low, Rudy Gay playing like he played this season, and a (hopefully much improved) Ben McLemore playing the role of Ray Allen, Rondo could average 13+ assists on this team.
3. He is a capable scorer, but he doesn't need to score. Rondo puts up more 8pt 10 reb 15 ast games than anybody else in the league. I know he can't shoot, but on this team he wouldn't need to.
4. He has already won a championship and lost in another, so he has been there before.
5. He's only 28 years old and has a long career ahead of him.
The Celtics are rebuilding and are disappointed with only getting the 6th pick in this upcoming draft. The #8 pick and a good young PG replacement may be enough to steal away Rondo.
Also, Rondo and Gay would be much more likely to sign long term contracts here knowing they can pair up with Demarcus Cousins and an owner that's dying to win for the next 4 or 5 years.
We can also use the Celt's #17 pick to snag a good prospect since this draft is so deep.
This gives us a lineup of:
With Carl Landry as the 6th man
Not only is that the building blocks of a perennial playoff team, but that sounds eerily familiar to the squad that Rondo won a ring with in Boston.
Obviously they would need some help, and the #17 pick and some other trade pieces will help out with that.
Think you have a better idea? Show me! Let's give Pete D and Vivek some ideas on where to go from here.