A deal that would send Boston Celtics veteran, All-Star guard Rajon Rondo to the upstart Dallas Mavericks appears “on course to be happen tonight,” ESPN reported late Thursday.
Several media outlets have reported terms of the deal would send Rondo to the Mavs for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and a future first-and second draft round pick. Rumors also abound other teams could ultimately prove to be somehow be involved.
Reportedly, the Celtics have also held talks with the Lakers, Kings, Knicks and Rockets about Rondo, but none of them have reached the point of the Mavs now being on course to acquire Rondo by the end of business Thursday night.
The Lakers recently offered Boston the expiring contract of oft-injured, veteran guard Steve Nash and multiple draft picks. Rondo and Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant were recently pictured having breakfast together and Bryant has long been an admirer of the flashy point guard’s style of play.
The 28-year-old Rondo is in the final year of a deal that pays him $12.9 this season. Boston used its first-round lottery pick over the summer on Oklahoma State star guard Marcus Smart, seemingly making Rondo even more expendable.
“Listen, my job is to look at all the different ways and pathways for us to be a championship team,” general manager Danny Ainge recently told reporters. Part of my job is to explore the variety of ways there are to get us to our next championship. And that’s all we’re trying to do — just build a winner.”
Following the Celtics’ 109-92 Wednesday night win over Orlando, Rondo downplayed all the simmering chatter that has him ending up in Dallas by the end of Thursday night.
“Trade talk has been a way of life since I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s just part of it.”
In Dallas, Rondo would join a star-studded starting five of Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons.[Photopin: DGA Productions]