Chris Mannix of SI.com joined CSNNE to discuss the recent NBA free agent moves, Rajon Rondo’s future, and potential moves by Danny Ainge.
The NBA landscape shifted dramatically when LeBron James announced he was returning to the Cavaliers. Now Kevin Love may be joining King James in Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony is going back to the Knicks and Chris Bosh is headed back to Miami. The Bulls have been linked to several big name players and could look to make an impact move.
"[The Eastern Conference] certainly has become a lot more competitive," says Mannix. "The top four or five teams, you’d have to imagine that they all consider themselves a team with a chance to win it."
Mannix says the new-look East won't alter Boston's course.
"I don’t see how it affects Boston all that much," says Mannix. "They’re still a team that’s only in year two of a prolonged rebuilding process.
"They’re big game hunting right now. They’ve got a whole lot of assets built up to make a potential deal with, and I think the next step in their development is not eyeballing the teams above them in the standings, but what player they can get to be the centerpiece of this rebuild."
So where does Rajon Rondo fit with this rebuild? Is he a cornerstone or trade bait?
"I don’t see them trading Rondo in the offseason just because his value is not as high as it will be if he comes into training camp and the early part of the season looking like the Rajon Rondo we saw two years ago," says Mannix, but he cautioned, "I don’t think they’ve ruled out trading anybody."