HoopsHype 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

They probably wouldn't put out a sign that says "everyone must go," but the feeling could be close to that in Auburn Hills. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed his franchise is making calls to other teams to shake things up. "Yeah, we're looking to get better and we're looking to put ourselves in a better place down the road, too," Van Gundy said. "We're active, we're talking to people." Detroit News

Underwhelmed by the quality of trade offers they've received for Lance Stephenson, the Charlotte Hornets have decided to keep the volatile guard "for now,'' according to league sources. ESPN.com

But while sources say as many as seven teams registered interest, including Miami and Brooklyn, no offers intrigued Charlotte and several teams that called did not make trade proposals. ESPN.com

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

The Knicks didn’t come close to getting point guard Rajon Rondo, according to a league source, but at least they saw him leave the Eastern Conference. According to a source, the Knicks were well on the outside of the Rondo race because they didn’t have a current first-round pick to add to any package. They can trade only their 2018 first-rounder under league bylaws. They are without their 2016 first-round pick because of the Andrea Bargnani trade. New York Post

For a lot of young players there's one veteran teammate who really helped them. Did you have a mentor, and how much does that matter? Tyson Chandler: For me, "that guy" helped more with the mental aspect of the game. It was Charles Oakley first, and then Scottie Pippen and Antonio Davis. When I got frustrated during practices or games in Chicago, Davis would always come by my locker and tell me: "Continue to be a professional, continue to work. Your time will come. You're too good for your time not to come. Be patient." That always stuck with me. Sports Illustrated

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