By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
Tonight’s game between the Celtics and undefeated Golden State Warriors is without a doubt the most hyped regular season game of the year and arguably of the Brad Stevens Era.
Some experts are picking the Celtics to do what the rest of the league has yet to do thus far: hand the Warriors a loss.
Vegas, from last I saw, is giving the C’s 6 points to start game, but if the preverbal coin flipped the other way back in 2012 this game and the Celtics fate would have been much different.
Back in 2012, the Celtics were “aggressively” trying to trade point guard Rajon Rondo, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. Clashes with head coach Doc Rivers were apparently worse than ever and it seemed like the guards time in Boston was up.
In the previous offseason, Rondo’s name was tossed around in discussions with New Orleans when Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was trying to acquire Chris Paul, but that deal never ended up happening.
At that time, Ainge said that he wasn’t actively trying to trade Rondo, but more so trying to acquire a certain player.
Then, later into the season, Broussard came out with this report.
“In December, the Celtics had discussions with Golden State about a Stephen Curry-for-Rondo deal, and one source says it was Golden State that decided against pulling the trigger. But Curry’s recent ankle injuries, which have caused him several problems in his short career, have given the Celtics pause.
The potential trade is still being discussed by Boston’s braintrust, but they aren’t sure they want to go forward with it.”
Obviously, the Celtics didn’t go through with it and who knows it Golden State would have even decided to say yes, but I bet, given Curry’s injury history at the time, they would have done it for Rondo and the right collection of players in a package.
This is clearly “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” at its finest, but if that trade went the other way … we’ll lets just say we wouldn’t be hanging our hats on a “successful” one-and-done postseason run last year.
Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make and for Golden State that certainly is the case here.
For Boston, not so much.
Regardless, this should be a fun game tonight.