HoopsHype Rajon Rondo rumors

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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

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Sources say the Rockets, with Howard leading their recruiting pitch, believe Smith will ultimately choose Houston over Miami and the Dallas Mavericks, whose recruiting effort is being spearheaded by another one of Smith's close friends: Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo. "He's just as close to Dwight as he is to Rondo," one source said late Monday, "and Dwight wants him." ESPN.com

"I think we can use an athletic big," Rondo said after the Mavs' 105-102 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "They traded me for Brandan Wright. Besides Tyson [Chandler], our other bigs are perimeter shooters. Josh brings a lot to the game -- his intangibles, he can make plays, rebound, defend. He'd be a good fit anywhere, but especially here I think he'd be a good fit." ESPN.com

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

Are they better now than the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers or Golden State Warriors? "Depends on whether or not the big they find to replace Wright (likely veteran Jermaine O'Neal) produces," a team executive said Sunday. "They are still at underdog at the point guard position against every Western Conference playoff team except Houston." NBA.com

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