HoopsHype Trade rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

Given Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team. While those discussions have yet to take place with agent Bill Duffy since no trade agreement is in place, a person familiar with Rondo's thinking said the possibility of competing for championships in Dallas or Houston intrigues him. CBSSports.com

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

Ben Rohrbach: Ainge says he'd like to see Rondo shoot more. "I know he can shoot it, but he just loves passing." #LoveActually Twitter @brohrbach

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Dallas Mavericks are serious suitors for Rajon Rondo, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Houston's discussed Rondo deal with Boston too. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

As part of package, the Mavericks are willing to give Boston a 2015 first-round pick with limited lottery protection, sources told Yahoo Sports. Before a deal is consummated, Dallas needs to confer with Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, about the franchise's ability to re-sign him as a free agent in the summer. Those conversations wouldn't happen until an agreement is in place. Yahoo! Sports

The prime plan, as noted here for more than a year, has been to add a high-quality player to a rotation featuring Rondo, believing this would be the quickest way to push the club toward contender status. That was the desire last summer when the Celts tried most everything possible, to no avail, to get into the Kevin Love sweepstakes. Boston Herald

That was the plan to some degree even into last week. But president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has, according to league sources, begun to realize that the chances of acquiring an impact player are moving from slim to pipe dream and that the feared longer rebuild may be on the horizon. Boston Herald

The third option, if the Celtics cannot get a star to pair with him or get a worthwhile return in trade, would be to let Rondo walk. This would be the last choice, but word continues to be strong that the club will not take on anything that might weigh down its rebuilding just to get something for its best player. Boston Herald

Every year around this time, the trade rumors start swirling around the Celtics point guard, and this season is no different. “It’s a way of life since I’ve been here,” he said after Wednesday’s win over the Magic. “It’s just part of it.” WEEI.com

While the Celtics seem willing to part with Rondo for the right price, Rondo reiterated publicly his desire to stay in Boston. “How many times do you want me to say it?” he asked. “We discussed it on media day. My thoughts and my opinions as far as the organization hasn’t changed, so … I’m enjoying life. You can’t win ‘em all, but these guys are funny, I’m young and I’m doing what I love to do. It’s a dream come true. I can’t be upset about anything, really. “I just want to be a better person each year, be a better teammate each year, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job so far, just trying to lead these young guys. I’m not that old, but they make me feel like it.” WEEI.com

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