Few teams in the NBA are more difficult to figure out -- both now and for the future -- than the Boston Celtics.
After losing five straight games heading into the All-Star break, the Celtics have rebounded with four wins since and are now just a game and a half back of Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead. Meanwhile, rumors continue to persist around the future of point guard Rajon Rondo, and it appears that virtually every Celtic is on the trading block.
As recapped by the editors over at SB Nation's NBA home, the Celtics have a glaring need in the front court, but little available trade capital to acquire talent. Rondo is by far Boston's most valuable chip, but President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge insists he is not actively trying to trade the 26-year old.
While Rondo continues to flex a dynamic skill set, concerns remain around his attitude and relationship with head coach Doc Rivers. The decision Ainge must make is whether or not to rebuild around Rondo or attempt to unload him now when his value is soaring.
As the March 15th trade deadline nears, the Celtics will undoubtedly be one of the teams worth watching closely.