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December 19, 2014 Updates

The fact that other teams had the same concerns as the Celts in Factor 1 above made them look at Rondo as potentially a short-term solution. Sources are insisting he will be very open to re-enlisting with Dallas after July 1, but there are no guarantees. Boston Herald

Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a $12.9 million trade exception and first- and second-round draft picks from a team that figures to be very good wouldn’t seem to be proper value for a player of Rondo’s caliber in a league where four quarters do not equal a dollar (NBA truism: the team that gets the best player wins the trade). But several sources from around the league insist this was likely the best that was out there for Rondo. In a market that had become a shark tank, it was probably to be expected that the Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban would reel in their prey. Boston Herald

For a lot of young players there's one veteran teammate who really helped them. Did you have a mentor, and how much does that matter? Tyson Chandler: For me, "that guy" helped more with the mental aspect of the game. It was Charles Oakley first, and then Scottie Pippen and Antonio Davis. When I got frustrated during practices or games in Chicago, Davis would always come by my locker and tell me: "Continue to be a professional, continue to work. Your time will come. You're too good for your time not to come. Be patient." That always stuck with me. Sports Illustrated

The Bulls traded you to New Orleans in 2006. Why were you able to succeed immediately there? Tyson Chandler: Coach [Byron] Scott put the confidence back in me. I know I've heard some older players say, "You should never lose your confidence. Confidence is the last thing you should ever lose." But that definitely happened to me. I lost confidence. There wasn't trust in my game. After I got traded, Scott pulled me into his office and said, "I want you to forget the last couple of years. I know the young player. I watched you through high school, I know who you are. You're going to go back to being that player." Sports Illustrated

December 18, 2014 Updates

“We would not have won Banner 17 without Rajon and will always consider him one of our most valuable Celtics, both on the court and in the community working with kids. We will always cherish the time he was here,” said Celtics Managing Partners Wyc Grousbeck, Irv Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca and Robert Epstein. NBA.com

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