The 20 – year old Marcus Smart is a player who can emerge as a leader for the Boston Celtics, if he is given the chance. Last season with Oklahoma State he averaged 17.8 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Of course, he is not that great of a passer and facilitator as Rondo but still, he can emerge as a franchise point guard for the C’s if Rondo for some reason parts ways with Boston.
But Danny Ainge stated that the Boston Celtics plan to move forward with Rondo onboard. The 28 – year old superstar will be an unrestricted free agent in one year from now and unless he agrees on an extension with the C’s over the course of the 2013 – 2014 season, Boston may risk losing him or being forced to overpay him next summer.
If Avery Bradley wasn’t inked to a long-term deal, a duo of Marcus Smart and Rondo for the two backcourt position would make sense for Boston. Nonetheless, now, we’ll have to wait and see what Danny Ainge has in his mind. Both Rondo and Smart are ball – dominant players and both of them are not good shooters. So, the use of Avery Bradley at the starting shooting guard position makes total sense. On the other hand, the C’s wouldn’t want to use their sixth overall pick, a player who as great as Smart for the backup position for a long term.
Inevitably, trade rumors around Rajon Rondo have just started piling up once again. Whilst Danny Ainge is downplaying them all, sooner or later he will be faced with the dilemma of keeping or trading away Rajon Rondo. In fact, Rondo may be the next superstar to be traded away from Boston, after Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce last summer. And the C’s may move on with a backcourt duo of Smart and Avery Bradley. If that’s the case and Rondo gets traded, the Celtics will also acquire a valuable player in return, maybe Kevin Love.