In NBA News: Boston Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo To Dallas Mavericks
Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks reached a deal to acquire four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics, and the Mavericks are now looking at this impressive starting lineup: Rondo, shooting guard Monta Ellis, small forward Chandler Parsons, power forward Dirk Nowitzki and center Tyson Chandler.
Already the top offensive team in the league, scoring 113.6 points per 100 possessions, the Mavs added a quality point guard whose main objective is to create for others.
But even with that outstanding offense and a 19-8 record, Dallas is still behind Memphis and Houston in the Southwest Division and in sixth place in the conference standings. The Mavs felt they needed to make a move that would help them climber higher in the standings and believe Rondo is the player to help them do that.
The deal came at a cost to the Mavericks. They sent quality reserves, improved center Brandan Wright and backup point guard Jameer Nelson, and Jae Crowder, plus a 2015 first-round pick and 2016 second-round pick to the Celtics.
It was a both a long-term and short-term move for Dallas. The Mavericks also want Rondo, who is a free agent after the season, to be their point guard for the next few seasons, too.
With a mediocre Celtics team this season, Rondo is leading the league in assists at 10.8 per game. He should be a sound fit in Rick Carlisle’s offense, which uses a heavy dose of tough-to-defend pick-and-rolls. Rondo can deliver both the flashy pass and the simple pass and is proficient at getting players the ball in spots where they are effective.
Rondo is not a great scorer, but capable enough to keep teams honest, especially on drives to the basket. He will also bring defensive tenacity to the Mavericks, who are 20th in points allowed per 100 possessions.
There’s a steady dose of All-Star quality point guards in the West almost every night – Golden State’s Steph Curry, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Memphis’ Mike Conley, San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Denver’s Ty Lawson, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic – and the Mavs needed one to combat that.
Dallas was already good. How much better can Rondo make them? The move was made with the idea that it will make Dallas a championship team.
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