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Mavericks, Rockets Engaged With Celtics On Rajon Rondo Trade Talks

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.

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

Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green cleared up his comments to Comcast SportsNet when he said that his frustration was at an "all-time high" due to losing.

Green received word that there have been articles written about trade possibilities with the Boston Celtics.

“Before you start, I just wanted to clear the air about some BS rumor that came out,” Green said. “I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this circle, but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false.

“I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I’d appreciate it if you not write a dumb [expletive] article like that."

In 2012, Green signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Celtics. The next season, Boston went 25-57 with the team rebuilding after the end of the Big Three Era. Green has said he wanted to be a key part of that turnaround.

“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed a contract to come back here,” Green said. “I’m happy where I’m at. I’m happy with the coach, the front office, everybody. Haven’t been happy like this in years, so it’s a good place for me.”

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Celtics Telling Teams Rajon Rondo Won't Be Traded

Rival executives have told Bleacher Report that Danny Ainge has been firm that the Boston Celtics will not trade Rajon Rondo ahead of the trade deadline.

"They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said one general manager, who nevertheless added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it."

Rondo's representatives are said to be pursuing a max contract, which would be for five years and an estimated $106 million if he stays with Boston, while his deal elsewhere would be four years and about $79 million.

"My body feels a lot better, my legs are a lot stronger," Rondo said, comparing his play now to last season, when he was just making his way back. "I can get into the paint a lot easier now, this year. Last year, I was pretty slow. So this year I'm a step faster."

"This is going to be his best year of his career, I think," Ainge said, though not because Rondo is on any sort of salary drive. "Knowing Rondo, he just wants to show that he's one of the elite point guards in the NBA again. But yeah, he is a foundational piece that we already have that's right there. But there is uncertainty for this upcoming offseason."

Via Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Celtics Assign Dwight Powell, James Young To Maine

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

Powell, a 6'11" forward out of Stanford, appeared in six contests for the Celtics during the preseason and averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game over that span.

Young, a 6'6" guard/forward out of Kentucky, appeared in two games for the team during the preseason and averaged 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal in 22.7 minutes per game. He made his NBA debut against the Houston Rockets on November 1 and has averaged 4.5 points in 4.7 minutes over his two appearances this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

Rajon Rondo will have to make a decision on his future with the Boston Celtics when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Kendrick Perkins remains one of Rondo's closest friends as a former teammate and believes the point guard wants to stay with the Celtics.

“I think it’s a great place for him,” Perkins said. “I think he wants to stay here. You know, we talk on a regular basis and I think he should stay. If I was him, I would stay.

“I just think it’s a perfect situation for him. He’s got a good group of guys around him, good coach. It’s his team, he’s able to play the way he’s capable of playing. He’s almost averaging a triple-double. He’s got some good talent around him in [Jared] Sullinger, Jeff [Green], the young kid [Kelly Olynyk]. He’s got some good talent around him. I think he wants to stay. I think he should. But you never know how it works out.”

Perkins is in the last year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder and admitted he would consider a return to the Celtics.

“If the opportunity presents itself I will,” Perkins said. “You never know. It’s not on me. I’ve got to be wanted to come back. So it’s always that ‘if.’"

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Boston Celtics Archives

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 team’s 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 wasn’t the only thing that didn’t go Indiana’s way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacers’ demise.

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

Rondo's return timetable is six to eight weeks.

Christian Watford To Re-Sign With Celtics After Release

Christian Watford has agreed on a new training camp contract to re-sign with the Celtics on Monday, league sources told RealGM

Celtics Release Chris Babb, Chris Johnson

The Celtics have released Chris Babb and Chris Johnson, the team announced.

Cavaliers Acquire Bogans From Celtics For Lucas, Murphy, Thomas, Powell, Draft Picks

The Cavaliers have aquired Keith Bogans from the Celtics in exchange for John Lucas III, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, Dwight Powell and two future second round picks.

Ainge Undecided On Celtics' Plan With Rondo

Danny Ainge is not sure what the Celtics will ultimately decide to do with Rajon Rondo, who can become a free agent in 2015.
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