HoopsHype Rajon Rondo + Trade rumors

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 13, 2015 Updates
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

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

December 21, 2014 Updates

When the Celtics agreed to trade Rajon Rondo to Dallas, they knew they were giving up the best player in the deal. Still, among the particulars haggled over between the two franchise, was whether rookie Dwight Powell would be included in the deal. Powell, acquired by Boston this past summer from Cleveland, was coveted by Dallas. The Mavericks insisted he be part of this deal. "One guy we know is going to help us right away in Rajon Rondo and one guy Dwight Powell who we had in draft workouts last year and a guy that they didn't want to give up," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. CSNNE.com

December 20, 2014 Updates

All that wasn't enough for Ainge to keep the star point guard who could have left as a free agent after the season. Or to reject a Dallas Mavericks offer that gave Ainge more assets to continue shaping the young roster into a contender. "There was definite uncertainty into what may happen this summer," Ainge said before Friday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, "So that was a big factor." USA Today Sports

December 19, 2014 Updates

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