Celtics nearly traded Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo to Phoenix Suns in 2009
Ray Allen stated that during that period, there was some the Boston Celtics administration “didn’t get along” with Rajon Rondo and so they concocted the trade.
“So, I called him and I told him, ‘hey they’re supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you and Danny and Doc don’t get along,’” said Ray Allen. “ ‘So, whatever you can do.’
However, things back-fired for Ray Allen in terms of his personal relationship with Rajon Rondo.
“So, for some reason, I guess he thought that I was … that I had something against him, or there were some issues,” continued Ray Allen. “And I had no issues with him. I won with him.”
This was potentially the birth of low-profile but still noticeable icy relationship between Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo (that luckily never transpired on the court).
While failed trades are a regular feature of the NBA team’s reshaping efforts, this particular trade’s significance lies in the timing and heavy-weight teams involved in the process.
The overall picture of the NBA and its teams radically changed after the 2010 season, with several key league players moving around to new destinations. The championship starved LeBron James headed to Miami Heat to form the formidable Big Three along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Amare Stoudemire joined the New York Knicks, while Carlos Boozer went to the Chicago Bulls. Joe Johnson re-signed with the Atlanta Hawks.
However, if the Boston Celtics trade with Phoenix Suns had gone through, the Cleveland Cavaliers probably wouldn’t have lost to the NBA playoffs a veteran Boston Celtics team (which would have otherwise been without Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo).
Amare Stoudemire’s performance has dropped since his time with the Phoenix Suns.
In light of a championship win, then LeBron James who became tired of single-handedly anchoring the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offense probably won’t have left for Miami Heat, which would have resulted in a butterfly-effect across the NBA.
Consequently, the Boston Cletics would gone out of their way to re-sign Amare Stoudemire, which mens he won’t have ended up with the New York Knicks in 2010.
A season later, the Boston Celtics re-signed Rajon Rondo to a below market-value contract.
But had Rajon Rondo ended up on Phoenix Suns, the team would have a tough choice between Steve Nash and the 6th year. This could have ended in Rondo’s favor with Nash winding up with the New York Knicks, who had tremendous interest in him at the time.
In turn, the Boston Celtics would have several options at front court with Amare Stoudermire, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett. The Boston Celtics ended up trading Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green. But the Boston Celtics won’t have needed Jeff Green with Amare Stoudemire on the spot. The trade would have either dissolved, which could have created an identity crisis with the Oklahoma City Thunders over him or James Harden as the face of their franchise, or the Thunders would have bailed on Harden in the trade.
But without James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunders wouldn’t have made the postseason, berathing new life into the franchise.
So do you see that a single trade could have changed the whole NBA scenery?