Exactly how bad do the Boston Celtics want to be in the 2013-2014 NBA campaign? Already heading into the off-season without former bench boss Doc Rivers, now with the Los Angeles Clippers and with a deal in principle that will send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn; would the Celtics part with their remaining All-Star? The “Boston Globe” reported on Saturday, that according to NBA sources, the Dallas Mavericks are looking to acquire Boston point guard Rajon Rondo, hoping to entice Free Agent center Dwight Howard to sign a long-term pact with the Mavericks. Although, Rondo is coming off of ACL surgery, his recovery seems to be proceeding without any complications and could be the move that helps them land “Superman.”
Although, there has yet to be any official word out of Dallas, as to what they would offer Boston to acquire the talented, but tempestuous point guard, speculation has started that it would involve Dallas sending veteran forward Shawn Marion to Boston, who is in the last year of his contract, along with perhaps a young player and or a future first round draft pick. Rondo currently has two years left on his contract with Boston, estimated to be worth $25 million in total.
Celtics President Of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, told reporters that he envisions Rondo, as the player he will rebuild his squad around. However, with all the talent he brings to the floor, rumors of flare-ups with other members of the franchise, have dogged him over the years. There was talk last summer, that Rondo was the reason that Ray Allen left the club and signed as a Free Agent with the Miami Heat, there was talk earlier this month that Rivers was leaving the team because of a deteriorating relationship with his starter at the point.
When Dallas team owner Mark Cuban and General Manager Donnie Nelson, disbanded the squad that won the 2011 NBA Finals, it was with the hope of acquiring Deron Williams and Dwight Howard as Free Agents, at the start of the recently completed season. They could win back a lot of apathetic Mavericks fans this summer, if they can complete a trade for Rondo and sign Howard to a long-term deal. Howard, is by far, the most dominant center in the Association, while if the Celtics guard comes back at full strength, he is one of the five best point guards playing in the NBA.