White Mountaineering 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Life Without Rondo (Timeout: Week 5)

Nickelus F "Number 15" feat. Drake
Article Comments Related Items

Share This

Comments

Life Without Rondo (Timeout: Week 5)
It’s with a heavy heart that I report Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL. And that’s coming from a Lakers fan. Now that Rondo is done, where do the Boston Celtics and GM Danny Ainge go from here? We detail a few options.

Life Without Rondo (Timeout: Week 5)



If there’s one thing that the Boston Celtics do have, it’s age. If there’s a second thing they have, it’s a glut of guards. The guards currently remaining on the roster-Courtney Lee, Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa and Avery Bradley-make up a serviceable guard corps other teams around the league would love to have. Jason Terry and Courtney Lee aren’t having the best of seasons, and Avery Bradley has just returned from injuries, but all four in different situations have shown they can step up. Courtney Lee was thrust into a shooting guard role with the Magic’s Finals run in his rookie season, Bradley stole the starter role from Ray Allen last year, Leandro Barbosa was serviceable during the Suns’ seven seconds or less offense, and Jason Terry obviously stepped up when the Mavericks won the chip. Danny Ainge may just decide to see if this rag tag group of non-traditional guards can pull through.

Life Without Rondo (Timeout: Week 5)



There’s no doubt that Doc Rivers will be experimenting with various lineups before the trade deadline, but the one that could has NEVER gotten any play could be the most successful. The starting five would look like this: Avery Bradley at point guard, Paul Pierce and shooting guard, Jeff Green at small forward, Jared Sullinger at power forward and Kevin Garnett at centre. The lineup would be slower, especially with Pierce at shooting guard, but there’s one place this kind of scoring lineup already works: Miami. Missing a traditional point guard doesn’t translate into an automatic loss, but again, this kind of lineup should be tried in Boston before it’s tossed aside.

Life Without Rondo (Timeout: Week 5)



Though they may not be openly shopped, there are some guards out there that could be had for the right price. With the amount of guards on the Clippers (Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford), and the amount of success they are already having, it seems Chauncey Billups is the odd man out. As a veteran with championship experience, he should fit right into the Celtics’ rotation. The Kings currently also have a group of point guards that may be of interest, namely Isaiah Thomas or Jimmer Fredette. And the Raptors of course, could offer up Jose Calderon. Though I’m not sure how well he would get along with Kevin Garnett.

Life Without Rondo (Timeout: Week 5)

Life Without Rondo (Timeout: Week 5)

Even with Rajon Rondo, the Celtics were struggling to hold onto the eighth seed. With Rondo out, is this the time that the veterans are jettisoned out of town? Paul Pierce has one year left with 15.3 million in his contract. Kevin Garnett has two years remaining with 23.5 million against the cap. Could this be the time to clear the cap to bring in pieces for an extended run beyond 2014? Paul Pierce could be a valuable scorer to a veteran team for the playoffs, and a smart young team would pay the price to pick up Garnett as a veteran presence to mentor their bigs. Me though, I hope they hold onto these guys until the offseason at least.
Ray Lontoc Headshot
Posted By Ray Lontoc Contributor

Please read our Blogging Guidelines before republishing this content.

Tags Basketball, Boston, Timeout

Recommended Reading

          
  • 6 Degrees of Separation: Lebron James Free Agency Impact Sports

    6 Degrees of Separation: Lebron James Free Agency Impact

    That title makes sense if you knew LBJ's jersey number was six. (He's contemplating changing it back to 23 as I write.) Blown minds aside, Sports Illustrated has released this interesting infographic charting the far reaching impacts of The King's decision to return to Cleveland.

    153 weeks ago / 3,309 views
  • Nike Pro Combat Recovery Tights Sports

    Nike Pro Combat Recovery Tights

    The Nike Pro Combat Recovery Hypertight helps athletes recover from strenuous workouts without the need for a plunging ice bath.

    179 weeks ago / 5,946 views
  • Let the Season Begin Sports

    Let the Season Begin

    The 2013/2014 NBA season begins tonight. And like the seasons that preceded it, all eyes are on Lebron James. Except this time, they are stares from sneering and scowling haters, they're cheering and adulating onlookers.

    191 weeks ago / 3,309 views
  • 2013 NBA Playoff Preview: The Beast Coast Sports

    2013 NBA Playoff Preview: The Beast Coast

    The West may be a toss-up of teams, but in the East, it’s how the superstars play that will make all the difference. We take a look at which superstars performance is the key cog for their team. Beast mode anyone?

    218 weeks ago / 6,447 views
  • 2013 NBA Playoff Preview: Wild Wild West Sports

    2013 NBA Playoff Preview: Wild Wild West

    We know who you expect to come out of the East (ahem, Heat). And really, there’s no one to challenge them (sorry, Knicks fans). But in the West, the team that wins the right to tackle the juggernaut from Miami will certainly be battle-tested. This is just round one.

    218 weeks ago / 4,002 views
  • The Best Moments from the NCAA Championship Sports

    The Best Moments from the NCAA Championship

    The Louisville-Michigan National Championship game was one for the ages. In a matchup of the number one player in the country, Trey Burke (Michigan), against the number one team in the country, an instant classic played out in front of our eyes.

    220 weeks ago / 3,394 views

© 2005-2017 Inquiringmind Corp. Inqmind. All rights reserved