It finally happened. The Celtics have finally traded star point guard Rajon Rondo. The lucky winner? Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks. Celtics GM Danny Ainge has had the idea of trading Rondo for what feels like forever, but his asking price was too high. Clearly Ainge lowered his asking price, dealing the star point guard for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and future first and second round draft picks. ESPN’s Marc Stein broke news of the deal.
The deal is yet another f*ck you from Cuban and the Mavs to their rival Rockets and GM Daryl Morey. Morey had coveted Rondo for some time and tried to get a deal done last year, but to no avail. They were one of the teams talking to the Celtics this week. This will undoubtedly add more fuel to the fire, with the Chandler Parson signing and Dwight Howard signing already creating quite the animosity between the two Texas teams.
For the Western Conference this comes as bad news too. With Rondo at the point the Mavs can officially chuck their hat into the title ring. The Mavs starting five now sports Rondo, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. Whoa. Add a sixth man type talent—maybe J.R. Smith? And Dirk can make one final run at a ring.
We already know the deal for the Celtics—rebuilding. With the last piece of their great Celtics teams under Doc Rivers now gone, the only thing Boston cares about is the 2015 NBA Draft. They will turn the offense over to rookie Marcus Smart who has been good this year and develop their young guys.
To the teams that had Rondo on their wish list this offseason—the Knicks, Lakers and Rockets—times are getting rough. There’s still a chance one of those teams sign Rondo, who will be an unrestricted free agent, in the offseason, but leaving Dallas might be hard if they make a title run this May.