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Report: Celtics and Mavericks have talked trade for Rajon Rondo

Jun 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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A report surfaced on Saturday that the Celtics and Mavericks had engaged in trade talks for the one remaining All-Star asset in Boston, Rajon Rondo.

It didn’t come from one of the usual suspects in terms of reporters we’re used to seeing break this kind of news, but a report from DallasBasketball.com is always credible.

It caused some of the more familiar names to weigh in on a possible Rondo-to-Dallas deal, and for a variety of reasons, it doesn’t appear likely to happen — at least not in these very early stages of free agency.

The problem for now is that the Mavericks are going to be at the front of the line, along with the Houston Rockets, in trying to recruit Dwight Howard to leave Los Angeles and sign a max contract to play in Dallas next season. The Celtics’ asking price for Rondo remains high, and in this current round of talks, Boston wants the Mavericks to take on some bad contracts to help the rebuilding process if they’re going to part ways with their highly-coveted, elite point guard.

These two issues likely mean a deal isn’t on the horizon anytime soon where Rondo and the Mavericks are concerned.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Mavs would love having Rajon Rondo to chase Dwight Howard, but Boston needs Dallas to take multiple contracts off its books, sources say.

As Dallasbasketball.com says, Celts/Mavs talked some Rondo. Celtics like Larkin, but how do Mavs take contracts and keep space for Howard?

Exactly — they can’t.

And from Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Mavs undeniably fans of Rondo, as @fishsports reported, but “trade talks” to this point have gone nowhere because Celts want only one Mav

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

You never say never, but it’s tough to see Dallas ever parting ways with Nowitzki given all he’s meant to the franchise, and the close relationship he has with Mark Cuban.

If you’re wondering what a rebuilding Celtics team would want with a high-priced, 14-year veteran, keep in mind that Nowitzki’s contract expires after next season, which would clear $22.7 million in cap space for the Celtics to play with in 2014-15.

Dallas isn’t going to do anything in free agency until the pitch has been made to Howard, and they have an idea of where they stand. Once Dwight decides on his future, then the Mavericks can begin to shape theirs, at which time they may re-explore their options where Rondo is concerned.

  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    There is absolutely NO way Dirk gets traded. He also has a no trade clause and I doubt he would accept any sort of trade.

    • aarondommin - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Rondo, Bass, and Lee for Larkin, Vince (expiring), and Marion (expiring). The Mavs would prolly need to kick in a #1 draft pick as well but that trade rids the Celtics of their long term commitments and sets up an awful team for a top 5 pick in a LOADED draft with TONS of cap space heading into 2014. Not to mention they own the Nets draft for the rest of the decade. Rondo was a headache for Boston when they had Garnett and Pierce and they were winning. Probably not worth the headache if they are winning 30 games.

      • hazegrey637 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        This is hilarious, in regards to you Boston “hopefuls”. Let’s consider the facts, shall we? Boston will not slip further in record than teams such as Orlando, Sacramento, Philly, Toronto, Portland, Charlotte, Washington, Phoenix and possibly Portland. You would be fortunate if you seen Boston selecting anywhere above pick 7 or 8 in next year’s draft class. The other obstacle are these draft picks from Brooklyn which won’t even be worth a damn until 2017. Boston has a meek and long rebuild ahead of itself.

        Secondly, when you are speaking in terms of cap space, I do believe Boston will have cap space available but they will be in no shape to compete with a franchise such as Orlando as Orlando has been preparing for such free-agency class for years and will have plenty of money to sign 2 all-stars to max contracts WITH the abundance of young talent they have acquired.

        It is going to be a LONG, LONG time before anything exciting happens in Bean-Town via NBA….I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

        Sincerely,

        A Celtics Fan

    • j0esixpack - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      I can’t think the Celtics want him. Where do these reporters get the impression that the Celtics are in a “win now” mode and need Nowitzki?

      The only way that makes sense is if the Celtics are trying to move him to free up even more salary cap space.

      That doesn’t mean Rondo won’t be traded. I kindof think he should – and although injured, he’s worth a gamble in a point guard starved league.

      • casualcommenter - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        As it was clearly stated in the article, the motivation for acquiring Nowitzki is NOT that “these reporters” think the Celtics are in win-now mode.

        It’s the fact that he’s a $22.7 million expiring contract next year, and thus would give the Celtics a ton of cap room for the loaded 2014 free agent class.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Seriously, you (and millions of others) need to READ, not skim, over whatever you are looking at.

    • daddyghi - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      There is absolutely No way Dirk gets traded. Period.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Agree 100%.

        Time to bury this nonsense for good.

  2. homegrowntalentmn - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    How would this trade work if mavs still want dwight..

    • shanelsweet - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Welcome to just another version of the Dwightmare game. It’s all about what Dallas can do to attract D12. Offering to pair him with Rondo and Dirk might sound nice to him compared to Kobe and his crew. You gotta make the big guy happy if he’s going to leave money on the table to play for another team.

    • casualcommenter - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      They’d need to find a lottery team that is well below the luxury tax line to take on the bad contracts Boston is hoping to dump and convince that 3rd team to assist in this trade by giving them a ton of draft picks and perhaps some young assets.

      Or they’d have to trade Dirk for Rondo.

      And yeah, I don’t see either option as viable.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      It can’t work…so its time for everyone to move on.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Tankapalooza

    • jpizzle227 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      So the celtics would trade rondo for an expiring contract of dirk where they have no chance of competing instead of stock piling young talent for the future?

      Makes sense.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Isn’t that a concert Pearl Jam last played at?

  4. cj1403 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    In principle it’s a win win but if Ainge can unload Gerald Wallace and get some picks back, he’s a Genious.
    Btw if he’s unloading Rondo, he should trade Green while he’s at it.

  5. giantssb42champs - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Ainge needs his charity trading bud Kevin McHale….BAD

  6. bendover09 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    When was the last time Rondo was healthy for a full season ?

    • kjereld615 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      When was the last time anyone was healthy for a full NBA season? Rondo was healthy the 2011-2012 when they took Miami to Game 7. Rondo is a very durable player. The only two noticeable injuries that I can remember is when he received the arm injury that was just a freak accident and the ACL injury, which virtually nobody in the NBA could have avoided last season.

  7. readysethike - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    celtics traded paul pierce when he was a face of the franchise and a staple to that organization…no one is bigger then the franchise…if it meant trading dirk to get howard…cuban would do it…but why would boston trade for dirk when they had an expiring contract in pierce.

  8. jzone954 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I mean lets be honest Ainge knows the celtics weren’t getting past the team anytime soon…..

  9. Kevin S. - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    If the Mavs traded everybody under contract next season for Rondo and Wallace, then waived Wallace and stretched his cap hit over seven years as the CBA entitles them to, the cap would have to jump to about $64 million for the Mavs to afford Rondo, Dirk, Dwight and nine minimum players. It’s not happening.

  10. deavn - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Him and Dwight need to go to Houston and team up.

    • deavn - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      with James Harden.

  11. elcapitanfiscal - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Don’t trade dirk! My mavs don’t need a little whiny girl like 12!

    Gey rondo, maybe go after iggy? Gortats available..

    I just really don’t want tht clown Howard!

  12. jimeejohnson - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    It’s good to be Dwight Howard, useful idiot pawns for the owners non withstanding!

  13. onlyavoice - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    LMAO,
    So Cuban Asked If He Can Have Rondo For NOTHING, Because He Has NOTHING.
    Ainge Wants 3 Things.
    #1, A Healthy Rondo
    #2 His Overall Stats Are Very High.(Call It Ball Hogging)
    #3, A Complete Team Full Of Superstars With 1st Round Picks.
    Ainge Is Banking On Cleaning Someones House With Rondo & Dallas Has NOTHING
    To Offer.

  14. sportsnut101 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    If Boston was smart they would trade rondo later date

    But if they were going to now. I would take both draft picks of this past draft of Dallas plus 2 first round picks n take Marion off ur hands. Is only one yr

  15. sc8field - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Boston should just sign Josh Smith and O.J Mayo and add some quality FAs such as Matt Barnes or Carl Landry
    new Line-up
    PG: Rondo / Bradley
    SG: Mayo / Crawford
    SF: Green / Barnes
    PF: Smith / Landry
    C: Sullinger / Olynyk

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