Dallas Mavericks trade for Rajon Rondo

December 19, 2014

The Dallas Mavericks announced that they have acquired four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo and center Dwight Powell from the Boston Celtics in exchange for center Brandan Wright, forward Jae Crowder, guard Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first round pick and a 2016 second round pick.

Rondo has spent his entire eight year professional career with the Celtics. The 6-1 point guard currently leads the NBA in assists with 10.8 assists per game. 

In addition to being a four-time NBA All-Star (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Rondo has been named All-NBA Defensive Team four times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), All-NBA Third Team (2012) and was the starting point guard on Boston’s 2008 NBA Championship team. Rondo also notably led the league in assists in both 2011-12 (11.7 apg) and 2012-13 (11.1 apg).

He has played in 527 career games (474 starts) and holds averages of 11.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 32.9 minutes per game.

The veteran point guard also has extensive postseason experience having competed in two NBA Finals and starting each of his 92 career Playoff games. Rondo holds postseason career averages of 14.5 points, 9.2 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 38.5 minutes per game.

Dallas also acquired Dwight Powell, a 6-11 rookie center out of Stanford, as part of the deal. Thus far Powell has seen action in only five games this season with averages of 1.8 points, 0.2 rebounds and 1.8 minutes per game.

While the acquisition of Rondo certainly indicates the Mavericks are preparing to make a serious run at the title this season, the move did not come cheap.

Certainly the loss of three Mavs players was significant in itself. Center Brandan Wright provided valuable minutes as Tyson Chandler's backup, forward Jae Crowder was a versatile defender, and point guard Jameer Nelson provided experience and three-point shooting.

But the additional loss of a 2015 first round pick and a 2016 second round pick to the Celtics make the sacrifice even more substantial, especially when you remember that Rondo is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent next season.

Still, owner Mark Cuban deserves kudos for aggressively doing whatever he can to make a genuine run at a championship. Future HOFer Dirk Nowitzki placed great faith in Cuban's ability to put together a title contender when he took a drastic salary reduction this past summer, and that faith now seems warranted.

Indeed the offseason signings of Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler combined with this trade for Rondo very well might have catapulted the Mavs into elite status.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com

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