According to Sam Amico of FoxSports, the Houston Rockets are not only looking to acquire Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics, but they feel like they will land him. However, the first person to report on this specific trade was an anonymous unpaid media member in the Houston area who reportedly has “connections” with various NBA agents. However low his credentials may be, Kevin O’Connor of CelticsBlog states that said anonymous source was the first person to report on the signings of Dwight Howard and Omer Asik to Houston as well as the Kevin Martin trade. The report says that the general manager of Houston, Daryl Morey, is willing to offer two first round draft picks that the Celtics covet as well as the players that would be necessary to complete the trade. Danny Ainge has remained adamant in wanting Chandler Parsons, the 25 year old swingman that Morey covets. The Rockets are obviously not the first team to inquire about the All-Star point guard, as the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, and New York Knicks (among other teams) have already inquired about Rondo.
In fact, this isn’t even the first Rajon Rondo-to-Houston rumor we’ve heard this season! There was a trade rumor earlier on in the season that was going to send Rajon Rondo to Houston in exchange for Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, and a first round draft pick. This trade rumor came about when Omer Asik voiced his displeasure in coming off the bench for the Rockets. There has been some skepticism coming from teams like the Suns and the Raptors that Rondo would not want to re-sign with either of those two teams. However, the aforementioned source above claims that Rondo would be willing to re-sign with Houston to join James Harden and Dwight Howard to form a “Big Three” and contend for a championship right away. Daryl Morey and the Rockets would be willing to send Boston point guard Patrick Beverley, power forward Donatas Motiejunas, and forward Terrence Jones. Morey is reportedly waiting to hear what other offers Ainge will receive for Rondo before throwing in Parsons.
Various news outlets also report that there might be a third team to make this deal go through. The Rockets first round draft picks will all be late in the first round, and the Celtics wouldn’t want two very late first round draft picks, regardless of how deep the upcoming draft(s) will be. The reported third team that the Rockets might try to include is the Philadelphia 76ers, who were reportedly interested in Omer Asik earlier on in the year. They might do an Omer Asik-for-Thaddeus Young swap. or do an Omer Asik + a first round draft pick for a 76ers first round draft pick. If this happens, however, the Rockets still wouldn’t be sending the proper amount of salary back to Boston, so they might throw in a guy like Jeremy Lin into the deal. Ainge would then throw in a filler player or two within the deal. The Celtics and Rockets have just over 24 hours to complete this deal, and Marc Stein put it beautifully when he said, “Houston has absolute interest in trading for Rajon Rondo, but that alone doesn’t mean we’ll see a deal.”