19 December 2014

Rondo to Mavs for 3 Players and 2 Picks

Rajon Rondo
Boston Celtics has just traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, along with Dwight Powell, in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and a conditional first round pick and a 2016 second round pick.

"We would like to thank Rajon for everything that he has done for the Celtics organization and the success we have experienced during his tenure with us," Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations, said in a statement.

After years of being the subject of trade rumors, Rondo's departure has now become a reality.

The 6-foot-1 guard, a four-time all-star, was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Boston became growingly uncomfortable with the idea of paying him a deal that would average around $20 million a year.

For the Mavericks, they add what may be the missing piece to them catapulting themselves into the upper echelon of the uber-tough Western Conference.

Rondo joins a cast that includes Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis.

This also unofficially ushers in the Marcus Smart era. The 6-foot-4 guard was selected with the No. 6 pick by the Celtics last June and was expected to be Rondo's heir apparent.

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