I believe with the bolded part you have it correct.
Originally Posted by skeemz617
If Rondo hadn't of torn his ACL... well, I think it possible PP, KG and Doc are still in Boston. Not that I would have liked that. I thought PP was pretty much done 2 years ago and KG has been hanging on by a thread even longer than that.
I do believe Rondo can be a leader now that KG and to a lesser extent PP are out of Boston. I don't think people appreciate how much he deferred, and rightfully so, to KG and to a lesser extent PP. It was the right thing, if in an old school way, to do. And old school is what Rondo is in many ways, including his on-court game and demeanor. I really, really like that about him.
Can he mesh with Stevens and fit into Stevens system? I am incredibly impressed with the Stevens / Crawford dynamics. If Stevens and Rondo can achieve together to the same degree, Boston will have something special.
I am anxious to see Rondo return. I think the time off to rehab the knee will have also provided time for other injuries to fully heal. We could well see a renewed / refreshed Rondo. A constant worry with Rondo will remain how hard he plays and his ability to play through injuries 99% of players would sit out because of. His career will be shortened because of his toughness and ability to play through injury - in my mind, this should be and likely will be, the determining factor if Rondo is eventually dealt.
And as I have said all along, DAnny needs to find an elite 2 guard to team with Green and Sully to maximize Rondo's abilities. It's why (along with his contract situation) that I believe Bradley is more likely to be dealt than Rondo is.
Rajon Rondo, Phil Pressey
Jerryd Bayless, Chris Babb
Jeff Green, Chris Johnson
Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger
Kris Humphries, Kelly Olynyk, Joel Anthony
Colton Iverson (stashed overseas)