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December 18, 2014 Updates

Before Thursday’s practice, Celtics coach Brad Stevens addresed the trade rumors. “Obviously, we experienced it all the way through last year,” Stevens said. “From my standpoint, the most challenging thing of it is, number one is just coaching the group and making sure that everybody knows we’re focused on playing Minnesota [on Friday]. We’re focused on doing what we need to do to get everybody playing at the best level that they can. WEEI.com

So does Stevens expect to be a part of any trade discussions? “My job is pretty well defined,” Stevens said. “And that is to coach, and to get our team ready to play and to play as well as we can. My expectations aren’t very big. I just want to be in the loop as [Ainge and his staff] deem appropriate. They’re good at their jobs and I’m hired to coach.” WEEI.com

The Dallas Mavericks' pursuit of Boston's Rajon Rondo has more traction beyond the stage of just testing the water or kicking the tires, a source said today. The Mavericks have discussed particulars and the thinking is that any trade for Rondo would come with at least some degree of assurance that the versatile point guard would re-sign as a free agent with the Mavericks in the summer. Dallas Morning News

On what the Celtics are looking for in trades: “That’s easy, let’s get stars. Everybody wants a star first. In lieu of getting a star, because there’s very few of those, there’s not very many to go around to the 30 teams, the next option is draft picks, which you hope to be able to find the next stars in the draft. Not every draft is going to be as successful, but you need swings of the bat, so that would be next. Then, the next probably best thing is good, solid players. Not stars, but good players. Guys that can play a role on a team.” Boston Globe

Ainge also fielded a hypothetical question: if Boston traded Rondo and did not receive a marquee star in return, how long Celtics fans can tolerate having a team with no stars on it? "I think Celtics fans want to see good team basketball and winning basketball. I think we need to start moving in that direction," Ainge said. "We need to win -- play the game the right way and win. I don't know if stars are required. I mean, winning is what's important. It's assumed in the NBA that stars are needed and that's true, but there's been some successful teams without a star. But I have every intention of continuing to try to find stars. When I say stars, I mean great players that have a positive effect on winning. Not stars that people want to watch, but stars that help winning basketball. Because I think that's what Celtics fans want, is to win." Booth Newspapers

Given Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team. While those discussions have yet to take place with agent Bill Duffy since no trade agreement is in place, a person familiar with Rondo's thinking said the possibility of competing for championships in Dallas or Houston intrigues him. CBSSports.com

Ken Berger: LAL more viable option in free agency than trade for Rondo. Best asset is 1-5 protected pick, which could move if Rondo makes them better. Twitter @KBergCBS

Ben Rohrbach: Ainge says he'd like to see Rondo shoot more. "I know he can shoot it, but he just loves passing." #LoveActually Twitter @brohrbach

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Dallas Mavericks are serious suitors for Rajon Rondo, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Houston's discussed Rondo deal with Boston too. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

As part of package, the Mavericks are willing to give Boston a 2015 first-round pick with limited lottery protection, sources told Yahoo Sports. Before a deal is consummated, Dallas needs to confer with Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, about the franchise's ability to re-sign him as a free agent in the summer. Those conversations wouldn't happen until an agreement is in place. Yahoo! Sports

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