The Boston Celtics could be set to give up arguably their last remaining star, with reports from NBCSN basketball analyst Donny Marshall cited by Sports Illustrated suggesting that they have entered talks with the Sacramento Kings over a possible blockbuster trade involving Rajon Rondo.
Following the summer departures of veteran duo Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who both joined the Brooklyn Nets, it appeared as if the Celtics were heading for a painful period of re-building under rookie coach Brad Stevens - the ex-Butler man who replaced the legendary Doc Rivers on a six-year deal in July.
Talk of a rebuild led to much initial speculation regarding the future of four-time All-Star Rondo, with many appearing to believe that he would surely be dealt at some stage prior to February's trade deadline.
Rondo is yet to set foot on the court in the NBA this season, with the 27-year-old recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that was suffered in January. He did, however, return to practice at the weekend.
Sacramento's apparent interest in a player of such pedigree does not come as much of a surprise, with the Californian franchise seemingly busy looking to force themselves into the playoff conversation by fitting a number of impressive pieces around the formidable figure of dominant center DeMarcus Cousins.
Following last week's trade that saw Toronto Raptors star Rudy Gay arrive at Sleep Train Arena, it would appear that the Kings' front office are looking to the near future and former Kentucky Wildcat Rondo would certainly provide an enormous upgrade on departed Venezuelan Greivis Vasquez.