The Pistons are quite interested in Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, but they don’t have a package to offer that would attract president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to making a deal. The Celtics would presumably ask for emerging center Andre Drummond, who is as close to untouchable as a younger player can get. Detroit would like to send the Celtics Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that wouldn’t be nearly enough.
At some point, a compromise deal based on Rondo for Greg Monroe could make sense, but until both sides are willing to discuss that more-sensible swap, they’re not going to make any real progress. I don’t get the sense the Celtics are rushing to trade Rondo without seeing how he works with Brad Stevens first, anyway.
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