By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Rajon Rondo finally has a new residence. He’s now a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Rondo, who has been rumored to be traded for quite some time, has moved on.
The free agent-to-be will now look to sign a long-term deal with the Mavericks before the summer.
In exchange for Rondo, the Boston Celtics have acquired promising center Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, veteran Jameer Nelson and two draft picks.
One of the draft pick is expected to be a first-rounder, which the Celtics said had to be in any deal for Rondo. The first-rounder is reportedly a 2015 NBA Draft pick, while the other pick is a second rounder in 2016.
The Celtics now have three first-round picks in the 2015 draft. They would like to acquire a fourth if they could convince a team to take Jeff Green‘s contract.
With Rondo, the Mavs now have a starting Five that features Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons.
The 28-year-old has previously said that he would be willing to test the free agent market this summer while a member of the Celtics. The Mavs believe that he could sign him to a long-term deal.
The Celtics, who already had 15 players, have to waive several players to get to the roster maximum. Right now, they stand at 18 players, and could release Nelson, who was in his first-year with the Mavericks.
He played in 23 games in his first two months in Dallas, where he averaged 25.4 minutes per game. Prior to arriving in Dallas, he played a decade with the Orlando Magic.
Rondo was averaging 8.3 points and 10.3 assists per game in Boston.
Wright, the prized player in the deal for the Celtics, is averaging 8.8 points with 4.1 rebounds per game over 18.7 minutes. Crowder averaged 3.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 10.6 minutes.
The Celtics are now going to build around rookie point guard Marcus Smart, second-year center Kelly Olynyk, and Wright.