Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com was first to report the Mavericks interest:
The Mavericks are engaging in trade talks involving Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, sources tell DallasBasketball.com.
Can the Mavericks pull off the trade? Here's a look at what analysts have been saying on Twitter.
Sign Dwight Howard first.
The Mavericks must sign Dwight Howard first before they can execute a trade for Rondo. Per @SkinWade on Twitter:
By my sketchy math, roster of Dirk, Rondo + 10 cap holds not enough to offer D12 max, so any Rondo/Mavs trade wouldn't happen till D12 signs.
A three-way with CLE and BOS seems to have some potential if Cavs still interested in Marion— Jeff Wade (@SkinWade) June 29, 2013
The Mavericks would need Shawn Marion to first sign his player option. The Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed interest in Marion and, having signed the veteran forward, could send some type of package (with or without picks) to the Celtics.
Trade future first-round picks.
Remember, Mavs can't trade future 1st-rounders because they still owe OKC a protected pick (from Lamar Odom trade via LA and HOU)— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 29, 2013
The Mavericks still owe the Oklahoma City Thunder a future, protected first-round pick. With the Celtics rebuilding and looking for picks, proposing future first-rounders isn't in the mix.
Take on Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee.
I'd suspect Mavs have zero interest in Rondo deal if it requires taking on Bass or Lee. Unless D12 not an option. Eye still on Bron in 2014— Jeff Wade (@SkinWade) June 29, 2013
If the Mavericks were to take on these contracts that the Celtics are looking to unload, then bringing in Dwight Howard might not be feasible.
Trade Dirk Nowitzki
Mavs: We're interested in Rondo. Celts: We want Dirk. So: More teams gotta jump in or Boston gotta budge for meaningful talks to take place— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2013
This wouldn't make much sense for the Mavericks as they are trying to build around Nowitzki. Unless Mark Cuban has some crazy deal in place, there is virtually no chance of moving him. Cuban and the Mavericks are in search of another ring. It will definitely be an interested month of July all throughout the NBA.
What do you think the Mavericks should do for Rondo? Let me know in the comment section.