Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON CELTICS TRADE RAJON RONDO TO THE DALLAS MAVERICKS

By: Connor Glowacki

Rondo, traded today to the
Dallas Mavericks, is in his 9th NBA season.
Photo Courtesy of NBA.com.
     After years of speculation, the struggling Boston Celtics have finally traded away star point guard Rajon Rondo. The Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to send Rondo to Dallas for forward Brandan Wright, guards Jameer Nelson and Jai Crowder, a first round draft pick in 2015, and finally a second round pick in 2016.

     The 9-14 Boston Celtics have been struggling in the weak Eastern Conference this season and the decision to trade Rondo signals that Boston is officially in rebuilding mode, by filling their roster with younger players and multiple future draft picks.
     Many critics point that the trade today shows that the Celtics are willing to tank the rest of the season in order to build for the future under second year head coach Brad Stevens.
     As we have seen in previous seasons, however, NBA teams that decide to lose as many games as possible, don't always gets the top overall pick in the following year's draft class. But after seeing the Oklahoma City Thunder struggle for years and being able to acquire Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden with their high lottery draft picks, and most recently the Washington Wizards using recent top three draft picks on John Wall and Bradley Beal, teams are beginning to figure out that they have a better chance of eventually becoming contenders by tanking and grabbing the top college players in the draft.
Acquiring Rondo allows Dallas to make
one more championship run with star forward
Dirk Nowitzki
Photo Courtesy of ESPN.

     Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have started the season on a very strong 19-8 record in an ultra-competitive Western Conference. During the offseason, Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki took a pay-cut in the hopes that the additional salary cap space would be able to lure top free agent stars to play alongside Nowitzki in Dallas.
     Despite striking out in trying to acquire LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, the Mavericks were able to sign forward Chandler Parsons and center Tyson Chandler to go with their premier core of Nowitzki and point guard Monta Ellis. Before the trade, Dallas was FIRST in the NBA in total offense (110.1 points per game).

     Rondo (8.3 PPG, 10.8 APG, 7.5 RPG) is going to be the point guard architect that Dallas desperately needed to become a championship contender. He'll be able to drive to the basket and kick out to Ellis (20.8 PPG, 4.7 APG) and Parsons (16.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG).
     A starting lineup of Rondo, Ellis, Parsons, Nowitzki, and Chandler could take this Mavericks offense to an entirely new level. It's clear that this trade proves that Dallas is in a win now mode to acquire another championship while Nowitzki is still on the roster.
Brandan Wright is the most likely player,
 from the trade,
to make an immediate impact
for the Boston Celtics this season.
Photo Courtesy of MavsWiki.com.

     For Boston, Nelson is a serviceable veteran point guard. But he has struggled to start out this season (7.3 PPG, 4.1 APG). Wright (8.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG) continues to show signs of being a potential starter in the NBA and Crowder is mainly a bench player at this stage of his career.

     Do you think trading for Rajon Rondo makes the Dallas Mavericks championship contenders this season? And will this trade help the Boston Celtics in becoming competitive again for the long term?
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