Two bits of Boston Celtics news floating around the rumor mill on Monday morning:
Rockets could target Rondo?
From ESPN.com's Marc Stein:
So look for Rockets to re-enter trade game for longtime Houston target Rajon Rondo as well as try to work their way into mix for Kevin Love
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2014
• Rapid Reaction: So we've been down this road before. Back in February we heard the Rockets expressed interest in Rondo around the trade deadline (though it appeared the Celtics weren't very interested in listening). Now, the Rockets, having already dispensed Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, and Jeremy Lin for underwhelming return (three guys that could have been key parts in any sort of Rondo offer) and having whiffed in pursuit of big-name free agents like Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, are left scrambling to add another star. Geez, sure seems like a team that could use some positive press (hey, look at us, we're going after Rondo!) We struggle to see any sort of way the Rockets could even prevent Danny Ainge from sending their call directly to voicemail without engaging more teams in a deal (let's just say Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas probably won't move the needle enough). With Rondo set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, the Celtics certainly have to listen to any offers out there, but they've maintained an extremely high value while stressing that they expect Rondo to have the best season of his career next year. -- Chris Forsberg
C's express interest in Turner?
From ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman:
Evan Turner has received interest from Boston and Minnesota, a source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 14, 2014
• Rapid Reaction: The Celtics have an overstocked roster at the moment, but you can understand the interest. Teams love to buy low on high-potential players. Turner, after being traded to Indiana last season, was not extended an $8.7 million qualifying offer. The No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft now finds himself on the open market. Boston has two potential avenues here depending on the salary that Turner is looking to command. Boston still has the mid-level exception ($5.3 million) at its disposal (though the team would likely have to trim salary in order to stay safely on the apron before pursuing Turner). Boston could also engage Indiana on sign-and-trade possibilities, possibly dangling Keith Bogans' nonguaranteed deal (and maybe a second-round pick?) as a way to thank Larry Bird for facilitating a move. The Celtics already have a depth chart topped by Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace, and first-round draft pick James Young, but Turner would be a future-minded addition with the Celtics hoping to harness his full potential at a low-risk price. Ultimately, the market will dictate Boston's interest, as the Celtics might only be interested at a bargain-basement price. Let's not forget that Turner is not renowned for his defensive abilities and struggled to consistently aid a playoff team last season. -- Forsberg