He's been popping up off-topic in every other thread so we may as well have one just for him. Boston Celtics alliterative guard Rajon Rondo has been the talk of the NBA rumor mill of late, and Sixers fans have not left themselves out from conjecture and rumoring. As the trade deadline nears (March 15th, the same date that Community returns from its NBC-enforced hiatus: zOMG we're getting Abed), there figures to be more talk about what the Sixers should/shouldn't do.
Rondo has three years left on his contract after this season, worth an average of $12M per year, and his already poor shooting has been worse the past two seasons. He does a great job in the open court, obviously, and attacks the basket with regularity, but doesn't go to the line a ton, averaging only 2.8 FTs per game for his career. Any Rondo trade would presumably have to include Louis Williams, who figures to walk at the end of the season, so it's not like this would make the Sixers much better in the half-court.
Jrue Holiday is a person. I don't want to trade this person, but the Sixers may not be able to resist a "proven name" like Rondo. It's all entirely speculative. The possibility of moving Jrue off the ball and having a Jrue/Rondo backcourt is intriguing but might not be all that effective. Evan Turner, of course, is another guy the trade could be built around. Andres Nocioni's expiring contract and Marreese Speights ass stain should be discussed as well. With how bad the rebounding has been lately and the toe tag on Spencer Hawes' achilles, it does seem like a big man is more pressing.
(Important Note: Rajon Rondo looks like Marty Feldman sometimes. Igor from Young Frankenstein. Think about it.)
The Sixers hadn't had a meaningful in-season trade since Chris Webber wheelchaired his way to Philadelphia, and haven't had one work out for them since they traded Theo Ratliff, Nazr Mohammed, Toni Kukoc, and Pepe Sanchez for Dikembe Mutombo and Roshown McLeod. Under the new owners, is it likely that they make a move? No, but they've gone on record as saying they want to win now, they've got deep pockets, they're not averse to taking risks, etc. etc.
Anyway, I'm just here to facilitate rather than rumor-monger. Go hog wild below. Try not to kill each other.