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UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 1:38 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn says that the Pistons would love to trade for Rajon Rondo.
Any deal Danny Ainge seeks is likely to include Andre Drummond, who Washburn says is just about untouchable in Detroit.
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According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe the Dallas Mavericks have been calling to gauge their interest in moving Rajon Rondo.
Dallas' interest in Rondo was as another player to persuade Dwight Howard to wear a Mavericks uniform next season, and would likely mean the Celtics taking a similar, yet more draft-pick stacked deal that they got from Brooklyn for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
In order to land Boston's franchise point guard, Dallas has recent draft picks Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter's expiring contracts, along with the likes of Jae Crowder, Jared Cunningham, Darren Collison and Roddy Beaubois, along with first-round draft picks starting in 2015.
Celtics team president Danny Ainge insists that Rondo is the cornerstone of the franchise, and moving him isn't in their plans.
The problem with any talks involving the Mavs and Rondo is that Boston only seems interested in getting Dirk Nowitzki in return, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
According to Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald, a league source called the notion of such trade talks "ridiculous."
In addition, Scott Souza of the MetroWest Daily News reports that Ainge has said he received offers to trade Rondo, Jeff Green and Avery Bradley. He then made it clear he wasn't looking to deal any of them.
And perhaps lucky for them, Rondo wants to be in Boston and has no plans to demand a trade, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
Ainge reiterated that he's not dealing Rondo, telling Murphy "you can't believe everything you read, especially on Twitter."
Should Ainge change his mind or find the Detroit Pistons an interesting destination, Detroit has interest in making a play for Boston's point guard, sources told Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.
Buying or Selling?
If the Celtics trade Rajon Rondo, the city of Boston might collapse into itself. There's no way they're moving him for anything less than a blockbuster of a deal.
Basically, Boston doesn't appear extraordinarily willing to part with Rondo, so don't expect it to happen for another pu pu platter. Dallas is just doing their due diligence to find a point guard that they think could convince Dwight Howard to come to town.
Green and Bradley may prove more available even after Ainge asserted he wasn't looking to deal them. Still, the Celtics aren't likely to jump at the opportunity to deal who are now their second and third best players.