NBA Trade Deadline: Warriors’ Draymond Green Believes Rajon Rondo to Clippers Is the Deal of the Day

Published 03/25/2021, 11:38 PM EDT
Jan 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) controls the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard DÕAngelo Russell (0) in the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA trade deadline is finally over, and it didn’t disappoint. Contending teams making their last-second moves to stay in the race while non-playoff teams strengthening the roster to fight for the playoffs, deadline day had it all. The Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, and the Miami Heat made some of the biggest deals of the day.

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There were over 15 trades in the dying hours of the deadline. And Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green has a surprising pick for the best deal of the day.

Despite All-Stars Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo, and promising young forward Aaron Gordon being traded, Green picked Rajon Rondo to the Clippers as his trade of the day.

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The Clippers traded Lou Williams to the Hawks along with two second-round picks for Rondo. In his first tweet, Green acknowledged that the loss of Lou Williams will be bad for the Clippers.

But in his second tweet, he announced Rondo to Clippers is the “best trade.

Draymond is one of the smartest players in the game. And because of that, he is also a great analyst whenever he appears on NBA on TNT. So if he calls this the best trade, it is indeed a big win for the Clippers.

Can Rajon Rondo be the key to the Clippers title drought?

In his four seasons with the Clippers, Lou Will was their premier scorer off the bench. Montrezl Harrell overtook him last season, but Williams was still a vital player for them. However, he has considerably fallen off this season. The biggest reason for that is his role within the team has also become less important.

Although he still attempts the third-most shots per game on the team, he isn’t the third-best player on the team anymore. Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard have made Williams surplus to the Clippers’ requirements.

Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Rondo is a superb addition for them because the team lacked a primary floor general. Patrick Beverley is an amazing defender and shooter but he doesn’t provide any playmaking. Rondo will fill this void perfectly.

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The Clippers also lacked a proper veteran leader on the team. Rondo showed he can do that in his stint with the Lakers last season. He also showed what Playoff Rondo looks like. So the Clippers, who struggled when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George couldn’t get going, will be delighted with what Rondo offers to the team.

He may be 35, but Rondo can certainly give the Clippers that extra push for a serious title run.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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