The Indiana Pacers have reportedly spoken with the Boston Celtics about a possible deal for All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, sources have told Yahoo! Sports.
The two teams have reportedly discussed the framework of a deal that would send the 25-year-old to Indiana. While it is unknown what pieces the Celtics have requested in return for Rondo, Yahoo! reports that they may be working with Indiana to complete a three way trade with the New Orleans Hornets in order to acquire Chris Paul. It was reported late last night that the Celtics were interested in acquiring Paul to replace Rondo, but that the Hornets were not interested in a straight-up trade.
News broke yesterday that the Celtics would be open to trading their point guard who has turned into one of the game’s best distributors over the past several seasons. Despite his on-the-court success for Boston, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is believed to be looking for a scorer who can lighten the load for Paul Pierce. In 68 games during the 2010-11 season, Rondo averaged 10.6 points and 11.2 assists per game, where Chris Paul has averaged 18.7 points and 9.9 assists per game over his NBA career.
Last season, Pierce led the Celtics by averaging 18.9 points per game. Following him were Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett who averaged 16.5 and 14.9 points per game respectively. The Celtics, who are built around their trio of NBA veterans, finished in the bottom ten in the NBA in points scored last year, but led the league with the fewest points allowed.
The Celtics finished the regular season with the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference last year.