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Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick

The Dallas Mavericks' pick in the Rajon Rondo trade is likely to be conveyed to the Boston Celtics in 2016.

The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14. If the pick falls between eight and 30 in 2016, it will go to the Celtics.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Mavs, Celtics Agree Upon Rajon Rondo Trade

The Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics have agreed upon a trade involving Rajon Rondo.

The Mavericks would send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, one future first round pick and a future second round pick to the Celtics for Rondo and Dwight Powell.

"The deal is on course to happen tonight," said one source.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Houston Rockets have effectively dropped out of talks, with the Celtics focused on wrapping a deal with the Mavericks.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Offer Steve Nash, Picks To Celtics For Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers offered the Boston Celtics multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

The Celtics are in discussions with the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Rajon Rondo 'Open' To Re-Signing With Mavs, Rockets

Rajon Rondo is open to re-signing with either the Dallas Mavericks or Houston Rockets should he be traded to one of those two teams, according to a source.

Given Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.

Rondo is not actively seeking a trade from the Boston Celtics.

The Rockets will use their $8.4 million trade exception from the Jeremy Lin trade with the Lakers this past summer to acquire a player before Dec. 19 -- the deadline for acquiring players who can be dealt again on Feb. 19 under league rules. 

 

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Mavericks Emerge As Favorites For Rajon Rondo, Rockets 'Still Fighting'

The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have engaged with the Boston Celtics on Rajon Rondo trade talks.

The Celtics have engaged on several fronts on Rondo with the Mavericks showing an increased interest. The Mavericks have a clear need at point guard.

Rondo is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.

As of Thursday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Mavericks have emerged as the frontrunner to trade for Rondo. Marc J. Spears reports that the Rockets are "still fighting" to acquire Rondo.

The Mavericks are offering Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder and a first round pick for Rondo.

Wojnarowski also reports that the Celtics have reached a point of no return on a Rondo trade.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Celtics Show Renewed Willingness To Trade Rajon Rondo

The Boston Celtics are showing a renewed willingness to include Rajon Rondo in trades, according to sources.

The Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rondo, sources said. Boston has been engaged in discussions described as “serious” in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent.

Boston's asking price for Rondo remains "pretty high, probably higher than most want to pay," according to one league official.

The Celtics have focused talks on Rondo toward Western Conference teams rather than East.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Celtics Assign James Young, Dwight Powell To Red Claws

The Boston Celtics have assigned forward Dwight Powell and guard/forward James Young to the Maine Red Claws.

Dwight Powell has appeared in two games for the Red Claws this season and is averaging 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per game. He scored six points in four minutes for the Celtics against the San Antonio Spurs on November 30 and is averaging 2.7 points in 2.3 minutes per game in three appearances with the team this season.

James Young has appeared in three games for the Red Claws this season and is averaging 24.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block in 35.7 minutes per game, while shooting 43.3 percent (13-30) from long range. He recorded six points, one rebound and one block in six minutes for the Celtics against the Houston Rockets on November 1 and is averaging 2.2 points in 3.5 minutes per game with the team this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lakers, Celtics Briefly Discussed Rajon Rondo Trade In Offseason

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers briefly held trade talks concerning Rajon Rondo during the offseason.

The Celtics would prefer to re-sign Rondo this offseason and their willingness to engage in talks regarding him is merely informational at this point, sources said.

The Celtics would likely ask for at least one first round pick from the Lakers in exchange for Rondo. 

The Lakers owe their own first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns unless it falls within the top five picks.

They also own Houston's first-round pick. The Lakers could include Steve Nash, who has been ruled out for the season with a back injury. Nash is making $9.7 million this season, the final year of a three-year contract with the Lakers.

After working to get a pick from the Rockets, the Lakers are unlikely to unload one.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Celtics Assign Marcus Smart, James Young, Dwight Powell To D-League

The Boston Celtics have assigned Dwight Powell, Marcus Smart and James Young to the Maine Red Claws for Thursday's game in Portland, ME.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Thomas' First Call In Free Agency Was From Ainge

Isaiah Thomas averaged 20.3 points per game last season with the Sacramento Kings and is averaging 15.5 coming off the bench this season for the Phoenix Suns.

“My teammates are good guys, the organization is great, and the style of play is perfect,” Thomas said. “It’s a big reason why I chose here because it favors my strengths, getting up and down, scoring and shooting at will, and using our strength, which is our guards.”

The first call Thomas received when he became a restricted free agent was from Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

“It was crazy because I was playing in a basketball game that night, I checked my voice mail and it was Danny Ainge,” he said. “I was tripping because that’s big right there. That’s Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics, all of that. It really hit me like dang, [free agency] is about to start. He sent me a voice mail and sent me a text message. He brought up Avery (Bradley) and all the guys who have been in Boston from the [Seattle/Tacoma] area.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green has said he wanted to be a key part of the Celtics' turnaround.

Celtics Telling Teams Rajon Rondo Won't Be Traded

Rajon Rondo's representatives are said to be pursuing a max contract.

Celtics Assign Dwight Powell, James Young To Maine

The Celtics have assigned rookies Dwight Powell and James Young to the Maine Red Claws.

Perkins Would Consider Return To Celtics, Believes Rondo Wants To Stay

Kendrick Perkins remains one of Rajon Rondo's closest friends as a former teammate.

Celtics Assign Dwight Powell To D-League

The Celtics have assigned Dwight Powell to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League.

Marcus Smart Out Just 2-3 Weeks After Being Carted Off With Ankle Injury

Marcus Smart was diagnosed with a sprain and bone bruise on his ankle and he'll miss two to three weeks.

Lakers Expected To Pursue Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

Rajon Rondo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and Kobe Bryant has been a longtime admirer.

Celtics Exercise 15-16 Options On Olynyk, Sullinger, Zeller

The Celtics have exercised its third-year option on Kelly Olynyk, and its fourth-year options on Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller.

Ainge: Everybody Wants To Build Around Three Max Players

Danny Ainge and the Celtics were interested in Kevin Love this offseason and hope to eventually attract a franchise-caliber player.

Rajon Rondo Likely To Return From Broken Hand For Celtics' Opener

Rajon Rondo said he has a "79 percent" chance to play Wednesday.

Celtics Claim Jarell Eddie Off Free Agent Waivers

The Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM.

76ers, Knicks, Lakers, Celtics Each Have Only One Player In ESPN's Top-100

Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo represent their respective teams in the top-100.

Celtics Likely To Waive Will Bynum

Will Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists per game last season.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind.

NBA To Experiment With 44-Minute Game

The league wants to examine the flow of a shorter game as compared to the standard 48-minute game.

Celtics Could Waive Vitor Faverani As Part Of Roster Crunch

Vitor Faverani is owed $2.09 million this season, but he has yet to recover seven months later from a car accident that led to his arrest.

Rondo Wants To Stay With Celtics, Realistic About Short-Term Prognosis

Rajon Rondo could command a max contract as an outright free agent next summer, something he admitted during the teamís annual media day that he believes he deserves.

Turner Has Nothing Bad To Say About Pacers, Not Weighed Down By Expectations As Former 2nd Overall Pick

Evan Turner wasnít the only thing that didnít go Indianaís way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacersí demise.

Rajon Rondo Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery On Broken Hand

Rondo's return timetable is six to eight weeks.
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