Rajon Rondo Dealt to Mavericks
The Rajon Rondo rumors can stop. The Boston Celtics finally traded their star point guard. According to multiple reports, the team has reached a finalized agreement to ship Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two unspecified draft picks.
Dallas had been in the mix for Rondo dating back to before last summer, but had only recently emerged as the front-runners. The Mavs didn’t have to give up the farm to get a significant upgrade at point guard, where the 28-year old Rondo hypothetically gives them a massive spike in defense, play-making and penetration.
There are minor concerns about Rondo coming into this deal, of course. Rondo shoots terribly from outside the three-point line and at the charity stripe, while he also is not nearly as effective without the ball in his hands. Due to both Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis arguably being at their best with the ball in their hands, head coach Rick Carlisle will have some work to do to figure out how to best use his newly formed roster.
Losing Wright isn’t easy, as the Mavs weren’t exactly stacked inside the paint. Having Tyson Chandler should allow the Mavs to withstand that blow, however, while Crowder was merely depth and the team has plenty of point guards (including Rondo, obviously) to make up for the loss of Nelson.
This is obviously a huge trade for Dallas, but it’s a pretty nice get for the Celtics, as well. Rondo was in a contract year and was headed for free agency if he wasn’t traded. All signs suggested that one way or another, he was done in Boston. This got the Celtics some nice talent to work with to try to stay competitive, while the two draft picks (likely future first rounders) should help in their contibued rebuilding project.
Marcus Smart can now play more point, while the addition of a veteran like Jameer Nelson can allow that process to go slowly and naturally. Wright gives the Celtics a nice, young inside presence that can score and block shots, while Crowder is a nice shooter that can provide depth off the bench. This is largely about the picks, though, as Boston can hopefully add even more impactful talent in future drafts via this trade.
Impact in Big D
Boston is floundering near the bottom of the East’s playoff chase, and this trade certainly won’t help their cause. The East is bad enough for them to still get in as one of the bottom two seeds, however.
As for the Mavs, this is potentially a massive move that solidifies a borderline elite starting five that would consist of Rondo, Ellis, Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. They certainly lost some depth with this trade, but they got much stronger defensively and have more star power. Rondo still has to prove he can fit in this system and be effective, but on paper this appears to be a huge win for the Mavericks.
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