The rumors just won’t stop. On the week the Celtics dismantled their championship core with the departures of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Doc Rivers, the final piece to the puzzle may be next to go.
According to a report from Mike Fisher over at DallasBasketball.com the Mavericks are involved in talks to acquire the All-Star point guard.
The Mavericks are engaging in trade talks involving Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, sources tell DallasBasketball.com. Meanwhile, Dallas has taken a position on Chris Paul and is also investigating bids on point guards Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings – and we’ve got the scoop on what’s happening with all four.
A similiar report came out earlier this afternoon from Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe who elaborates on the Mavs’ interest in Rondo to put some help next to Dirk Nowitzki.
That likely won’t stop the Mavericks from inquiring about Rondo, who could be the distributor that could help return the club back into a Western Conference contender and someone who could attract Howard, a free agent, into signing with the Mavericks. Dallas is well under the salary cap, so it could absorb Rondo’s contract but would likely want to send the Celtics Shawn Marion’s expiring deal along with a younger player and a draft pick to make it attractive for Ainge.
The Mavericks also acquired former University of Miami point guard Shane Larkin, who could also be included in a deal. Larkin worked out twice with the Celtics.
So what do we make of these reports? Is a trade to Dallas actually realistic?
The short answer is no. And actually the long answer is no too. Here’s the thing. You can count on Danny Ainge is listening to any offers on his All-Star point guard. That’s his job and the team’s moves in the past week make him more expendable than ever now.
In order to acquire Rondo though, a team needs assets. Serious assets. That’s something that Dallas does not have right now. Heading into next season, the Mavericks have just five players under guaranteed contracts, excluding their recent draft picks.
Would Dallas be wiling to absorb all of the bad/unneeded contracts on the Celtics roster? I don’t see how that would make sense for the Mavs financially and given them to flexibility to add another cornerstone *like Dwight Howard) to the roster.
Anything short of that for Boston makes little sense. Rondo is still in his prime and likely has a good chance at part of the future at his young age. Late round picks Dallas could offer, in addition to expiring contracts won’t do the trick here as they did for KG and Pierce. Ainge will wait out unless he gets that. He’ll always continue listening though.