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February 19, 2015 Updates
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The decision in December to trade Rondo to Dallas (in a five-player deal that netted Boston a couple of picks and a $13 million trade exception) was, according to Ainge, unanimous among the leaders of the Celtics. He focused his owners and staff on two questions as Rondo, who turns 29 on Sunday, played out the final year of his contract. "Is the team good enough to keep him here? And is he somebody that we want to pay $110 million to going forward?'' says Ainge. "Rondo knew that, and he had the same questions: Is Boston where I want to stay, and what am I going to get on the open market? It's hard, it's challenging, to get a point guard that doesn't score, that's not a great defender, but that is a master passer -- and to pay him that much money,'' Ainge goes on. "That's how we debated it. And now he has a team that the guys he passes to are going to make a higher percentage of the shots; and his passing, his intellect and his experience in winning a championship, those are all assets for Dallas.'' NBA.com

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Player to keep an eye on before the trade deadline: Minnesota’s Kevin Martin. Martin is owed $14 million over the next two seasons but could be a valuable asset to a team looking for scoring punch off the bench. Dallas, Washington among the possibilities. Sports Illustrated

January 21, 2015 Updates

After their flurry of deals over the last two weeks, the Celtics could absorb some extra salaries from teams looking to shed money or work complex trades. (Credit to Marc Stein, who rattled off Boston’s precise trade exception information when I bumped into him Thursday in Santa Cruz. Few people enjoy trade exception minutiae as much as Steiny.) Grantland

January 19, 2015 Updates

The deadline is Feb. 19, and general managers sometimes prefer to wait until as close to it as possible to be certain they are getting maximum value for their players. But that gives coaches less than two months to prepare for the playoffs, so Carlisle was glad the Celtics wanted to do it so soon. "The earlier you can do a deal like this, it helps," he said. "Helps both teams, so we're grateful that we were able to get it done in December as opposed to mid-to-late February, no doubt about that." USA Today Sports

January 2, 2015 Updates

Boston gave up Rondo and forward Dwight Powell in the deal, while receiving Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round draft pick and a 2016 second-round pick. "They could have shipped me anywhere, and I'm very fortunate to go to a team that's ready to compete for a title," Rondo said. "But to play with the talent that I have around me (in Dallas), I think I have a good shot (of succeeding)…It's very motivating. Things worked out for both teams." USA Today Sports

December 31, 2014 Updates

On how much Dirk taking a less expensive contract made the Rondo trade possible: Cuban: “All of it. This trade was Dirk’s trade. Without Dirk doing what he did, we would’ve been unable to pull it all together.” Dallas Morning News

December 29, 2014 Updates
December 28, 2014 Updates

The timing of Rondo’s Dec. 18 trade to Dallas caught Pierce off-guard, but he knew this was a strong possibility once the Celts didn’t get in the running on Kevin Love and couldn’t find another impact player to pair with Rondo. “I was a little bit surprised, especially because trade season starts close to All-Star or after All-Star break,” Pierce said. “Not a lot of trades happen in mid-December. You know, teams are trying to find their stride. Boston Herald

“But we had a chance to talk. We had our weekly mass text, and he understood the situation. The Celtics were either going to go in one direction, build around him, or continue with the youth movement. So I think Rondo understood it. “I was shocked definitely, because I thought this was a year they were going to maybe this summer find some pieces to put around him. But he had a great run in Boston, and as long as he’s happy, that’s all that matters.” Boston Herald

December 27, 2014 Updates
December 22, 2014 Updates

"My job is to play, no matter where it is," Nelson said Monday afternoon, after he and his new team practiced on Amway Center's main court. "I'll give everything I have to the team that I'm on and everything I have for the guys in the locker room, the knowledge that I have, and try to help the coaches out as much as I can once I get comfortable. If you look at the situation, people are calling me and asking if I'm OK. I'm like, 'I'm OK.' I'm playing basketball for a living, something I love to do, something I'm blessed to have and be a part of this team." Orlando Sentinel

Boston tried to make a mega-deal last summer, but couldn't find any takers. It is unlikely Ainge will be a bystander again next summer. The Celtics are poised to be a major player in all aspects of player acquisition -- Draft, trades, free agency -- going forward. NBA.com

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