Rajon Rondo's name has once again surfaced in multiple trade rumors as the Boston Celtics look to continue their rebuild, possibly by parlaying the former All-Star into young talent. To mark the occasion, SB Nation NBA editor Tom Ziller has called on the Artists of the Trade Machine to make potential deals for Rondo. And one of them involves the Orlando Magic.
Indeed, says Ziller, the great Pablo Picasso would sign off on a deal wherein Orlando sends Luke Ridnour and Elfrid Payton to Boston in return for Rondo, and simultaneously divests itself of Ben Gordon by trading the veteran guard to the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to Ziller, Picasso would "deconstruct Rondo into his parts and reassemble him in Boston." That's where Ridnour and Payton come in: Ridnour represents Rondo's passing ability, while Payton emulates the Kentucky product's lack of shooting range.
In reality, there's little to no chance of Orlando's acquiring Rondo, given the investment its made into the development of Payton and Victor Oladipo. But thinking creatively, on different levels of meaning and understanding, is part of what makes great artists--your Picassos, your Dalís, your Zillers--so brilliant.