Posted June 29, 2013

Mavericks, Celtics reportedly discussing Rajon Rondo trade

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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is currently rehabbing from a January ACL tear. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks have engaged in trade talks with the Boston Celtics to acquire point guard Rajon Rondo, according to DallasBasketball.com.

The Celtics have expressed interest in Shane Larkin, a point guard who the Mavs selected with the 18th pick in Thursday’s draft, and would require the Mavs to take multiple contracts off their books, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Boston managed to unload Jason Terry along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the trade with the Nets, but still has long-term commitments to Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee.

THOMSEN: For Celtics, trade of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce is end of era

But talks have “gone nowhere,” according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, because Boston has little interest in Dallas players outside of Dirk Nowitzki.

And any trade that would require the Mavs to take back large chunks of salary could potentially preclude them from making a run at free agent Dwight Howard.

Dallas is also considering pursuing restricted free agent Kings guard Tyreke Evans and unrestricted free agent Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings.


23 comments
TeddyZee
TeddyZee

Can you imagine the free throw shooting woes if D12 teamed up with Rondo?

mcnulty
mcnulty

boston wants dirk why ? danny aine is such a ginger dork

humburger
humburger

Is it really worth trading an all-star in the prime of his career simply to unload contracts? I don't see this trade going anywhere unless they get creative bringing in other teams.

carlosport77
carlosport77

im a boston fan here. ironic how stern fined san antonio for resting there guys for few games this year and boston will tank a whole season and be rewarded with a lottery pick

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

Don't understand why Dallas would engage in this discussion.  They traded with Boston on draft night with the end result being that they got Larkin.  If they wanted Rondo instead, why not just make it happen then?  Dumb.  

TonyNguyen
TonyNguyen

Rajon Rondo should stay with the Celtics, Leaving a team because your teammates left the team doesnt mean nothing. I've respected Rondo for his leadership. Help the Celtics win another title, Don't just quit on your team man.

JohnMarshall1
JohnMarshall1

WHY DO YOU WANT DIRK IF YOU JUST TRADED TRUTH AND KG????


KrisMartin1
KrisMartin1

I'd be ok trading Rondo, and maybe even take Carter and/or Marion off their books, if the deal came with Larkin and or a couple of draft picks...say Dallas' first in 2014 and 15. Maybe a second rounder next year as well, considering the draft's potential depth. I like Larkin, he's not the tallest guy out there, but he'll keep a defense honest with his shot.

KrisMartin1
KrisMartin1

I'd be ok trading Rondo, and maybe even take Carter and/or Marion off their books, if the deal came with Larkin and or a couple of draft picks...say Dallas' first in 2014 and 15. Maybe a second rounder next year as well, considering the draft's potential depth. I like Larkin, he's not the tallest guy out there, but he'll keep a defense honest with his shot.

6marK6
6marK6

Ainge has done a truly awful job. He has given way too many long term contracts and now his only concern is unloading players without really trying to get anything in return. I like Rondo, but the Mavs are looking to clear cap room, not take on more.

RonHawkster
RonHawkster

I hate to be a grammar police but it's increasingly bugging me how the media is becoming more and more illiterate and can't get one lousy 200 word report out right.  It's "OFF their books", not "of their books".  It's not accidental anymore.  It's obvious that these writers are incapable of fixing their own English  now that they have cut down on the staff size and editors.

"and would require the Mavs to take multiple contracts of their books,"

305_Javier
305_Javier

Because dirk is on expiring contract!

KrisMartin1
KrisMartin1

You gotta' give something to get something. Rondo has value - experience and a reasonable contract. Ainge ain't no dummy, but he's got some great bargaining tools going forward. A rabid fan base that's sad/pissed/upset (pick your term) makes demands based upon emotion. Acquiring picks under the new CBA is a prudent way to stay away from bad contracts. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen may walk through that door, but they don't win you a championship at 40 years old. It's a frustrating cycle. I'm still waiting for the Ryan Gomes era to start.

doghockey
doghockey

@6marK6 I bet that you were not complaining when the Celtics advanced to at least the conference semifinals for five consecutive years, while making two finals and beating the Lakers for a title.

DarrenZancan
DarrenZancan

@RonHawkster If you hate to be the grammar police, maybe you should get some of your own "editing" correct before jabbing at the media.

"Off their books," should have quotation marks outside the comma. 

But needs a comma before it.

You would have to say "I hate to be the grammar police," not a grammar police, because police is plural.

My point is stop picking out their flaws. It's a mistake. Have you made any recently?

MyDogWally
MyDogWally

@RonHawkster Really?  That bothers you?  A typo?  You really think the person who wrote the article believes that the phrase should read "... of their books" when a simple typo, often made in the context of typing double letters, is a much more plausible explanation?  I will accept that the proofreading is flawed, either due to laziness or the hysteria of a deadline, but I don't buy your contention that the writer doesn't know the difference between "off" and "of."  Besides, why do you choose that minuscule nit to pick in an otherwise very interesting story?

6marK6
6marK6

@doghockey @6marK6Not really. That was a long time ago and it was a team he blew up right after having success. And can we be honest, he did it in the East, pre-Heat dominance. When the Celtics were making "conference finals" in the East, how many good teams were there? Please name them.

doghockey
doghockey

@6marK6 Blew that team up?   Until the past few days Kevin Garnett, Rajan Rondo, and Paul Pierce were still remaining from those teams and Ray Allen was there until this year.  Keeping the four key guys around is blowing up a team?  In what bizarro world?   Oh, and who cares who a team beats in the playoffs?   A series win is a series win.

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

@6marK6 @doghockey Um, not really that long ago.  And in the meantime, Ainge has set the Celtics up for the next decade with multiple 1st round picks for the next 5 years.  Step back and see the big picture.