Celtics Agree To Trade Rajon Rondo To Dallas Mavericks

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Updated: December 18, 2014
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After years of rumors and speculation, the Boston Celtics have traded point guard Rajon Rondo.

The Celtics have agreed to send Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report by ESPN. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports also reports that the trade is agreed upon.

According to the ESPN report, Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and Jameer Nelson will be traded to the Celtics, along with a future first- and second-round draft pick.

Rondo, a free agent this summer, averaged 8.3 points, 10.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game for Boston this season.

Rondo, a four-time All-Star, was drafted by the Phoenix Suns 21st overall in 2006 but was traded to Boston for a first round pick and cash. Over his nine-year NBA career with the Celtics, the 28-year-old averaged 11 points, 8.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game, with those numbers jumping to 14.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and six rebounds per game in the playoffs.

Rondo was in his second NBA season when the Celtics won their 17th title in franchise history in 2008, playing a supporting role behind Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. He took a big step that following season, going toe-to-toe with Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose in the first round, averaging 19.4 points, 11.6 assists and 9.8 rebounds that series. The Garnett-less Celtics were bounced in the second round by the Orlando Magic, with Rondo again nearly averaging a triple-double for the series with 14.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.4 assists.

Rondo had one of his best scoring seasons in 2009-10, averaging 13.7 points while shooting a career-high 51-percent from the floor. The Celtics made another NBA Finals in 2009-10, with their point guard averaging 15.8 points and 9.3 assists in the playoffs, though they fell to the L.A. Lakers in seven games.

He averaged 19 points per game in a four-game sweep over the New York Knicks in the first round of 2010-11 playoffs (adding a 20-assist game in Game 3), and scored 44 points in Game 2 of the 2011-12 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.

At times, Rondo was seen as a big time player when the spotlight was on, often having some of his best games on national TV. He’s recorded 156 double-doubles in his career, and an eye-popping 22 triple-doubles — 10 of which have come in the postseason.

While he carried the teams at points when father time caught up with the new “Big Three,” it wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops with Rondo. There were rumors that he clashed with Ray Allen, and didn’t always get along with head coach Doc Rivers.

He tore his ACL in the middle of the 2012-13 season, playing an overtime session against the Atlanta Hawks with the injury, and sat out until the middle of the 2013-14 season.

After Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to Brooklyn in the 2013 offseason, Rondo was named the Celtics’ team captain. He did not return until January, but averaged 11.7 points and 9.8 assists in 30 games. In the middle of the season, there was a minor controversy (known as “BirthdayGate”) when Rondo stayed in L.A. on a scheduled off-day to celebrate his birthday while the rest of the team traveled for their game in Sacramento. That “controversy” was shrugged off by the Celtics.

Then just prior to this season, Rondo broke his hand on a fall in the shower and missed all of training camp. But he was good to go for opening night, logging 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in Boston’s season-opening win over Brooklyn.

Rondo has said throughout this season that he wanted to remain in Boston, but that he also wanted to test the free agent waters and felt he was worth a max contract. With no guarantee that he’d return this summer, and with rookie Marcus Smart waiting in the wings to take over, Ainge cashed in on his best trade asset. And so begins another rebuild for the Boston Celtics.

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