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December 19, 2014 Updates

David 'Dubi' Pick: Hearing that New Orleans have released point guard Gal Mekel. Pelicans hopeful the Israeli floor general clears waivers. Twitter @IAmDPick

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived point guard Gal Mekel. Mekel, 6-3, 191, was signed by the team on December 5 as an unrestricted free agent. Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists. NBA.com

Boston was dealing Rondo in the middle of the season, giving any potential suitors much less time to integrate him. It didn’t have a trade partner with the right combination of sweaty “WE HAVE TO WIN NOW!” desperation and good trade assets. The Lakers can try to sign Rondo this summer, which is why they were planning to cap their offer at Steve Nash, the Houston first-round pick they got with Jeremy Lin (likely to be in the mid-20s), and a second-rounder, per sources familiar with the matter. Grantland

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

December 18, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: The D-Fenders have waived NBA vet Jamario Moon - added instead Aflred Aboya - formerly of UCLA Twitter @EricPincus

After scoring 13 points with 15 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals in the Celtics’ 109-92 win over the Magic, Rondo was asked about another fresh set of rumors and he reiterated his dedication to the Celtics. “How many times you want me to say it?” he asked. “We discussed it on media day [in September]. My thoughts and my opinions as far as the organization hasn’t changed.” Boston Globe

And Rondo has played the situation perfectly. He is not going to leave Boston as a malcontent. He has maintained his desire to remain in Boston but it’s uncertain if the Celtics would pursue him in free agency if he is dealt during the season. Boston Globe

MoraBanc Andorra agreed to terms with Nathan Jawai. The Australian big man will be announced by the Liga Endesa team as soon as he will send back the contract signed. Jawai comes from Galatasaray. The former NBA has played in Spain with FC Barcelona. Sportando

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

Batum looks around the league, hears everyone already discussing the free agency of Kevin Durant. They’ll both fall in 2016, yet Batum believes he and Durant are made of the same disposition with different external temperaments. Durant’s been swarmed with questions about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Batum, the case is simple: Why leave Portland? “I still have time and I like low key so there’s no reason to think yet, but why not stay in Portland?” Batum told RealGM. “I’ve been here for seven years now, so why not?” RealGM

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

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