NBA Trade Deadline: Detroit Pistons Could Be Third Team In On Rajon Rondo Deal

Feb 9, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) passes the ball as Dallas Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon (right) defends during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets feel like they can make a deep run in the playoffs. Dwight Howard has fit perfectly with the team  and although Jeremy Lin has been serviceable they could use a little more talent in the back court to make hopes for a deep playoff run become a reality. That is why it is rumored that the Rockets are interested in Rajon Rondo and are willing to meet the Celtics steep asking price.

Well almost.

It is being reported by ESPN’s Mark Stein and others that the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics are in trade discussions about Rajon Rondo.  The deal would send two first round picks and some players up to Boston for Rajon Rondo.  At issue are the other players being offered.  ESPN’s Mark Stein tweeted earlier that a deal with Rondo hinges on the availability of Chandler Parsons.

The Rockets are very interested in acquiring Rajon Rondo but unwilling to sacrifice young talent to do it.

Enter the Detroit Pistons.

Now its just a theory but what if the Detroit Pistons could offer Greg Monroe as the young talented front court player the Celtics would require, they could acquire some young talent themselves in return and pick up a draft pick.  Here is how a three team deal would look.

Boston Celtics Get:

  • Greg Monroe from Pistons
  • Jeremy Lin from Rockets
  • 1 st round pick 2014

Houston Rockets Get:

  • Rajon Rondo from Celtics

Detroit Pistons Get:

Why would the Pistons do this trade? Here are a few reasons:

  • They avoid having to sign Greg Monroe to a huge contract this offseason and get something in return.
  • They get to move Monroe out of the PF position and let Josh Smith play where he is most comfortable.
  • Gain a front court player in Terrence Jones with plenty of upside at a bargain price.

With this trade scenario all teams get what they want and the Pistons get another pick (albeit in the  2nd round) in what could be the richest NBA draft in years.  Before you start typing a “you are crazy” comment at this end of this post just remember Joe Dumars has pulled off miracle trades like this before.  In fact he built a championship team off of his ability to make deals just like this. 

Tell us what you think would you be willing to part with Greg Monroe in a deal like this?


Topics: Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, Rajon Rondo

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  • Đ℞ΞV/

    so dumb. really makes no sense

  • Jared Cantin

    I actually think this deal makes a lot of sense. Pistons get a really nice young PF that fits better with Drummond. Celtics get an elite young C to play with Sully. Rockets get their man, and keep Parsons.

  • Jah

    That deal would work for 3 teams involved. As for the Rockets though, they can then swing a separate deal sending Asik/Casspi to the 76ers for Thaddeus Young.

    Young can replace what we’d lose in T. Jones. So, our haul would be Lin, T.Jones and a 1st rd. pick for Rajon Rondo and Thaddeus Young. Not bad at all.

    We can also bring Rob Covington out of the D-League and put him in the rotation.

  • Joshua Giovannone

    I honestly wish there were a way we could get a first round pick this year. Even if it cost Monroe. This draft is so deep that not having a first round pick is a killer.

  • Bob

    Anyway we could trade away another future 1st rounder and instead of jones get chandler parsons to sweeten the deal for the rockets

    • Tony Fischer

      Only problem is that The Rockets don’t want to part with Parsons

  • Bryan Tinsley

    You are crazy! Pistons aren’t giving Monroe away for a prospect and a bag of chips. lol Credibility lost…lol

    • Tony Fischer

      Thanks for reading Bryan, but I think if Terrence Jones is a bag of chips he is the tastiest bag of chips ever. Might as well get something for Monroe while you can because he won’t be a Piston for long.

      • Bryan Tinsley

        I remember thinking the Pistons should draft Terrance Jones to replace Prince. I think they took Brandon Knight thAt year. I thought they had the right to march Monroe? Very frustrating year to be a Pistons fan.