The Celtics, after losing Rajon Rondo for the season, say they will stand pat with their existing roster with the trade deadline looming. Here are their best options to replace the minutes of the injured point guard, with upsides and downsides:
On the active roster
8.2 ppg 0.9 apg 1.7 rpg
Upside: Tenacious on-ball defender; young legs will keep him fresh.
Downside: Coaching staff clearly prefers him as the starting 2-guard.
7.2 ppg 1.4 apg 2.3 rpg
Upside: At 6-5, would create matchup problems for opposing PGs.
Downside: Has never averaged more than 1.7 assists per season.
9.9 ppg 2.2 apg 1.9 rpg
Upside: Played a lot of point early in career; 60th all time in NBA assists.
Downside: Has shot better (FG% and 3-pt.%) coming off bench this year.
4.7 ppg 1.2 apg 0.9 rpg
Upside: Has shown willingness to push tempo – which team needs.
Downside: Better suited as role player (111 starts in 10 pro seasons).
Kyle Lowry, Toronto
13.5 ppg 5.8 apg 4.5 rpg
Upside: Cheaper investment ($1 million buyout for 2013-14 season).
Downside: Somewhat of a nomad at 26 and has missed a lot of time.
Jose Calderon, Toronto
11.1 ppg 7.4 apg 2.4 rpg
Upside: In last year of his contract and a consistent distributor.
Downside: Only 12 games with 20-plus points last three seasons.
Upside: Familiar with system after spending last season with team.
Downside: Could take a while to get his legs back in game shape.
Upside: His career assist-turnover ratio is better than 2-to-1.
Downside: Has a reputation for being volatile and unpredictable.
*Has not played this season