Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Celtics Star

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IDecember 17, 2014

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Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell are reportedly headed to the Mavericks in a trade that will send Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two picks to the Celtics.

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Mavericks Reportedly Agree to Trade Involving Rondo

Thursday, Dec. 18

SportsCenter reports the Celtics and Mavericks have agreed to a deal involving Rondo:

Marc Stein of ESPN previously revealed full details of the trade:

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski confirms the deal will be completed tonight and reveals Powell will be headed to the Mavericks as well:

Wojnarowski reveals Houston dropped out of contention a short time before: 

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report weighs in on the new-look Mavs:

 


 

Lakers Offer Steve Nash, More for Rondo

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported the Lakers' offer for Rondo: 

Earlier, CBS Sports' Ken Berger provided insight surrounding why Nash may be of interest for the Celtics but why Los Angeles may not be in the running to acquire Rondo's services:

Other teams, including the Lakers and Knicks, have been on the periphery of talks. But Ainge is unlikely to deal Rondo within the conference, much less within the division. As for the Lakers, who can offer a top-five protected pick in 2015 and Steve Nash's $9.7 million expiring contract (paid mostly by insurance), they are viewed as more of an option for Rondo in free agency next summer if he is not traded by the Feb. 19 deadline. 

The Lakers and Celtics have won a combined 33 NBA championships but have won a combined 15 games to date this season. It's easy to understand why both teams may be looking to make a deal heading into 2015, as both franchises are in need of a spark.

 


Rondo Open to Re-Signing in Dallas or Houston

Thursday, Dec. 18

Berger also reported on Rondo's long-term thinking as the Celtics explore trading the star point guard to the Western Conference:

With Celtics president Danny Ainge seriously engaging several teams on Rondo trade scenarios, a league source told CBSSports.com Thursday that the point guard is open to re-signing with at least two of them -- the Mavericks and Rockets.

Given Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team. While those discussions have yet to take place with agent Bill Duffy since no trade agreement is in place, a person familiar with Rondo's thinking said the possibility of competing for championships in Dallas or Houston intrigues him. 

As of today, Dallas and Houston trail Memphis in the Southwest Division but are placed well in the top half of the Western Conference. Both franchises have been in the playoff hunt with championship aspirations in recent years, which would certainly appeal to Rondo given his success earlier in his career. 

 


Celtics, Mavericks In Serious Rondo Talks

Wednesday, Dec. 17

In the midst of another abysmal season, the Boston Celtics now seem willing to move one of their best players. Rajon Rondo, the playmaking point guard who has long been the subject of trade rumors, might actually be on the move this time.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Celtics and Dallas Mavericks are in serious discussions:

However, Stein also notes that Dallas isn't the only potential suitor at the moment:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first identified two teams in Texas who reportedly have interest.

Rondo, 28, has been a leader for the Celtics during his nine-year career and helped lead the team to the 2007-08 NBA title. This season, the triple-double threat is shooting a career-low from the field.

Chris Towers of CBSSports.com pointed out Rondo's struggles offensively this year:

However, his experience in the postseason still makes him a great fit for any playoff contender. 

If the Celtics do eventually deal Rondo, any contender would benefit from his veteran leadership. Along with the big-game acumen he brings to the table, a new set of seasoned teammates could do wonders for his offensive game. And his skills as a distributor would certainly mesh well with Dallas' stable of scorers.

In the final year of his contract, per Spotrac, Rondo would be a free agent after this season. Clearly, the Celtics aren't currently a true contender in the Eastern Conference. If Boston truly doesn't believe it can re-sign him, making a move prior to the trade deadline helps the franchise build for the future.

 

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