HoopsHype Rajon Rondo + Trade rumors

December 19, 2014 Updates

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

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

It was also simply a matter of supply and demand. The Celts had the desired property in Rondo, but the demand was just not great. For instance, Sacramento showed no interest, and Cleveland wasn’t about to even consider Kyrie Irving for Rondo. Boston Herald

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