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December 22, 2014 Updates
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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

And any concerns about him and Ellis pairing together in the backcourt seemed like a moot point afterward. “He was great,” Ellis said of Rondo. “He did a wonderful job of finding guys. Putting him in the middle of that zone really loosened up the defense. “My role’s not going to change. I’m still going to be a playmaker and do whatever the team needs me to do. He just plays his game and I’m going to play my game. We’ll figure it out together. It’s just basketball.” Dallas Morning News

The Spurs dropped their fourth straight, including three-overtime games on Wednesday and Friday. "I felt it," Ellis said of his late surge. "It's in my blood. Those guys were tired from last night, and their defense let up, so we took advantage." Rondo, the four-time All-Star who played his first eight-plus seasons with the Boston Celtics, scored six points on 3-for-11 shooting. Acquired Thursday in a multi-player trade, he had nine assists, seven rebounds. "It was exciting," Rondo said. "Best part was we got the win." USA Today Sports

December 20, 2014 Updates

David 'Dubi' Pick: Mavericks Rajon Rondo takes Jason Kidd's old locker. Awesome nugget from my guy @BallinWithBryan. Twitter @IAmDPick

Rajon Rondo joined the Dallas Mavericks this week after he was traded away from the Boston Celtics. Saturday, the point guard had his introductory press conference in Dallas where he talked about being “fired up” and excited to play for a title contender. He was also asked an awkward question, to which he, coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban all had perfect reactions. For The Win

Count Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant among those impressed by the Dallas Mavericks’ deal for his breakfast buddy, Rajon Rondo. “It obviously makes them a much, much better team,” Bryant told reporters in Los Angeles via ESPN.com’s Baxter Holmes. “On top of [being] a great distributor [and] an orchestrator, he’s a phenomenal defensive player as well. Makes them even more lethal.” ESPN.com

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watched his team start 19-7, lead the league in scoring and field goal percentage and register several routs. And he knew the Mavericks simply weren’t good enough to contend at the top of the Western Conference. “We needed to be better defensively,” Cuban said, following Friday evening’s news conference with new additions Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell. Boston Herald

“I mean, teams were walking in and shooting better at the 3 than they were in the gym by themselves. So that had to change and stop. “We didn’t have a lot of length at the point guard position, either. We needed to get a lot taller or a lot longer. Rajon’s the best of both. He’s not taller, but he’s so long that he’s as good as 6-4 or 6-5, so he can guard much bigger.” Boston Herald

Sources told ESPN.com that O'Neal, who opted to spend the start of this season with family and focusing on business interests while deciding whether to come back for what would be his 19th season, is "highly intrigued" by the idea of joining the Mavericks as a free agent in the wake of the Rondo deal. ESPN.com

“Well he’s had a terrific year, had a real solid year last year for Golden State despite having some injury issues,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “I have not talked to him yet myself. “It’s a possibility, but I don’t want to jump the gun out of respect to him and his family, so we’ll see. It’s certainly one option.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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

Rajon Rondo talked about heart. He talked about being rejuvenated. He even talked about re-signing with the Mavericks in the summer. All good bullet points in his introductory news conference as one of the Mavericks’ new cornerstones. Then, he touched on the topic everybody wanted to hear about, the one goal he and all Mavericks now can legitimately embrace. “I’m dying to get a ring again,” Rondo said. “I just want to get another parade.” Dallas Morning News

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