By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 18th, 2014 at 2:12 PM EST
The Boston Celtics have been rumored to trade point guard Rajon Rondo for quite some time. However, he continues to be in the green and white.
Last night, news broke that the Celtics have been in discussions to trade Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. The package that would go to Boston would be Brandan Wright, a first round pick, and multiple other players to make finances work.
The Celtics have also talked to the Los Angeles Lakers, among other teams before likening the Mavericks offer. The Lakers offers is centered around point guard Steve Nash.
Nash, who will miss this season, has elected not to retire in order to receive his money this season. He also has an expiring contract, which would be enticing to the Celtics, but they have a better offer on the table.
Nash is making $9.7 million this season, before being a free agent in the summertime, where he’s expected to retire.
Nash and Rondo can be traded straight up for each other. Due to the fact that the Celtics are over the camp and have a post-trade Team Salary over the Tax Threshold, the 25% trade rule would be invoked.
The Celtics could not receive more than 125% plus $100,000 of the salary given out for the trade to work. Also, according to the trade, the Celtics would meet the requirements of the Hard Cap rules staying under the Tax Threshold plus $4 million for the adjusted post-trade Team Salary.
Plus, the Lakers are in a similar boat, as the 50% trade rule would come into play here, as they would be trading less than $19.6 million in salaries. They could also not receive 150% plus $100,000 or more than $5 million in additional salaries, whichever is lesser, of the salary given out for the trade to be accepted.
Besides Nash, the Lakers are willing to offer the Celtics multiple draft picks, as well.