Rajon Rondo Trade: Celtics Ships PG to Mavs in Five-Player, Two-Pick Deal
Prior to the 2013-14 NBA season, GM Danny Ainge put the Boston Celtics into rebuild mode by trading Kevin Garnett and franchise icon Paul Pierce, and swapping coach Doc Rivers for Brad Stevens. However, for some reason, they decided to hold on to point guard Rajon Rondo.
Maybe, since Rondo was still young, they thought they’d try to hold on to him so he could pass on the Celtics tradition to a new generation. Or maybe they thought his trade value was depressed and were holding out for more. Or maybe they just wanted to see the Boston media wear themselves out debating whether Rondo would get along with his new, inexperienced coach.
Whatever their thinking was at the time, the Celtics aren’t thinking that way now. Yesterday they finally pulled the trigger on a Rajon Rondo trade and sent the last member of their 2008 championship team to the Dallas Mavericks.
Both teams win with this deal, too. The Celtics sent Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to the Mavericks for Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and—most importantly—a conditional first round pick in 2015 and a second-round pick in 2016. In Rondo, who leads the NBA in assists per game, the 19-8 Mavs get a significant upgrade at their weakest position. The Celtics, meanwhile, have added to their stockpile of draft picks, and now possess eight first round picks over the next four years.
Still, I for one will miss the Mayor of Boston calling Rondo “Hondo.”
Hat Tip – [ESPN]