HoopsHype Rajon Rondo rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

After scoring 13 points with 15 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals in the Celtics’ 109-92 win over the Magic, Rondo was asked about another fresh set of rumors and he reiterated his dedication to the Celtics. “How many times you want me to say it?” he asked. “We discussed it on media day [in September]. My thoughts and my opinions as far as the organization hasn’t changed.” Boston Globe

And Rondo has played the situation perfectly. He is not going to leave Boston as a malcontent. He has maintained his desire to remain in Boston but it’s uncertain if the Celtics would pursue him in free agency if he is dealt during the season. Boston Globe

According to the NBA source, owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle are ready to pull off a potential deal, realizing they would likely not make it through the West without a major upgrade at point guard. The Mavericks are No. 1 in the league in scoring offense (109.8 points per game) and the presence of Chandler in the middle, a legitimate shot-blocker, could allow Rondo to take more chances on defense. Boston Globe

The Celtics would be seeking more than just expiring contracts for Rondo. They would prefer first-round picks and a rising player in addition to expiring contracts. Players such as Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder have been mentioned in potential deals but the Celtics also would receive a first-round pick. The Mavericks own all of their draft picks. Boston Globe

The Dallas Mavericks' pursuit of Boston's Rajon Rondo has more traction beyond the stage of just testing the water or kicking the tires, a source said today. The Mavericks have discussed particulars and the thinking is that any trade for Rondo would come with at least some degree of assurance that the versatile point guard would re-sign as a free agent with the Mavericks in the summer. Dallas Morning News

On what the Celtics are looking for in trades: “That’s easy, let’s get stars. Everybody wants a star first. In lieu of getting a star, because there’s very few of those, there’s not very many to go around to the 30 teams, the next option is draft picks, which you hope to be able to find the next stars in the draft. Not every draft is going to be as successful, but you need swings of the bat, so that would be next. Then, the next probably best thing is good, solid players. Not stars, but good players. Guys that can play a role on a team.” Boston Globe

Ainge also fielded a hypothetical question: if Boston traded Rondo and did not receive a marquee star in return, how long Celtics fans can tolerate having a team with no stars on it? "I think Celtics fans want to see good team basketball and winning basketball. I think we need to start moving in that direction," Ainge said. "We need to win -- play the game the right way and win. I don't know if stars are required. I mean, winning is what's important. It's assumed in the NBA that stars are needed and that's true, but there's been some successful teams without a star. But I have every intention of continuing to try to find stars. When I say stars, I mean great players that have a positive effect on winning. Not stars that people want to watch, but stars that help winning basketball. Because I think that's what Celtics fans want, is to win." Booth Newspapers

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

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