Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dallas Mavericks Acquire Rajon Rondo in a 5 Player Deal

The Mavs' Newest All-Star Point Guard
No, you are not seeing things.  The Dallas Mavericks have traded for Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and future second round pick.  

This trade has shocked many all across Beantown. The Celtics did not get a lot in return for their all-star point guard. They got a rim protector in Wright that they desperately needed. But they don't really need Jameer Nelson to take up minutes from their young prospects, or Jae Crowder who is a young piece but he will never be anything to special. In addition to that they only got a 1st rounder that is most likely to be in the range of 20-30, and a second-rounder that won't do much.

So why is the price for Rondo so little? He is averaging 10.8 APG, 8.3 PPG, and 7.5 RPG and leads the league with his assists numbers. Maybe Danny Ainge is accepting to little for their all-star point guard. But one thing is for sure, the Celtics are primed to rebuild over the next few years as they have 11 draft picks over the next four years. In addition to that, they have a nice young core in Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and James Young if he develops.

Congratulations to the Mavs, who have the best win of the year so far. Even better than the Grizzlies 1 point win in triple OT over the Spurs last night. They got Rajon Rondo for absolutely nothing. They gave up an expiring contract, a bench player, picks they won't need, and swapped point guards... an absolute steal.

The Mavericks now have the best starting five not only in the Western Conference, but in the NBA. They will start Rondo, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tyson Chandler. They also still have a very deep bench. The Mavs have jumped from a middle of the pack team in the west, to an instant NBA title contender.

As Celtics fans have a hard time sleeping tonight, Mavericks fans will be filled with joy. As many say the Celtics should have kept Rondo, it was time for him to go. For so long they were trying to do two things; rebuild and win. They finally chose one path and decided to rebuild. They can now start tanking to try to get better picks in the upcoming draft and building around a young core. But for the Mavericks, they can now start their chase for the championship.

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