COMMENTARY | The Boston Celtics have made some major moves recently. Doc Rivers left town for the Los Angeles Clippers, and a mega deal sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. A rebuild is on the horizon in a big way.
It looks like Danny Ainge may not be done dealing just yet. Could Rajon Rondo be the next star player to be traded by the Celtics?
According to a report, the Dallas Mavericks are interested in trying to obtain the All Star point guard. While some believe that Rondo will be the foundation of Boston's rebuilding effort, some think that Ainge will deal his best player remaining in order to obtain even more assets for the future.
The Mavericks always seem to be aggressive in the offseason, with Mark Cuban leading the way. With Dirk Nowitzki aging, it seems like Dallas is ready to do whatever it takes to put them back into championship contention immediately. The Mavericks missed the playoffs last season, with the point guard position being a major weakness. After Darren Collison was brought into town, the 38 year old Mike James ended up being the team's starting point guard.
Rondo would certainly be a massive improvement for Dallas. There have been rumors surrounding several big names and the Mavericks, including Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. In desperate need for a point guard, Brandon Jennings has also been brought up.
For Dallas, landing Rondo would be a huge win if they strike out on Paul or Howard. Rondo is a major improvement over both James and Collison, and would provide Nowitzki with a legitimate All Star partner for a last run at a second championship.
It's unclear what Boston would want back, as they have already piled up plenty of draft picks over the next few seasons. Draft picks are always good, but the Celtics would probably like a player or two at this point. Shane Larkin could be of interest, who was recently selected by Dallas in the first round. Otherwise, it's tough to see what Boston would really want from the Dallas roster.
For the Celtics, simply escaping the "middle ground" could be enough to pull the trigger. Being awful next season may be their best strategy, with the end goal being Andrew Wiggins in next year's draft. With Rondo in town, they may not be bad enough to have a very high pick next year. Without him, they will be in the cellar.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports , and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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