Dec 21, 2014 11:32 AM EST
Rajon Rondo had six points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four charges in his debut with the Dallas Mavericks, a 99-93 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
“I love it here,’’ Rondo said. “The fans have been great, the reception tonight was amazing, and that’s what it’s all about.’’
Monta Ellis scored 38 points after some wondered if Rondo would interfere with his game.
“I think he did a great job — he scored 38 points,’’ Rondo said of Ellis. “I didn’t hold him back too much.
“We both like to dominate the ball, but I think we played well off each other tonight, along with Devin [Harris] as well.’’
Rondo expects the adjustment period with the Mavericks to be quick.
“It’s not going to take long, for the most part it’s basketball. I’ve been watching these guys from afar.
“It’s NBA players, I have the [NBA League Pass], I watch them all the time and they know how to play off each other. It’s a very intelligent team, I’m not too far behind, and I’ll keep watching film and keep learning my guys’ system.’’
Dec 20, 2014 2:10 PM EST
The Dallas Mavericks have an undeniable edge to sign Jermaine O'Neal after the acquisition of Rajon Rondo, according to sources.
O'Neal is "highly intrigued" about the idea of joining the Mavericks.
O'Neal maintains his offseason home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has long been interested in joining the Mavericks to reunite with Rick Carlisle
Dec 20, 2014 1:40 PM EST
Rajon Rondo and Mark Cuban both expressed a desire not to rent the new situation together with the Dallas Mavericks, who acquried Rondo in a trade from the Boston Celtics.
“Obviously, we wouldn’t give up picks if we didn’t think it was long term,” Cuban said. “We’re past the days of rent-a-player.
“If he’s not the definition of a cornerstone, I don’t know what is. But let me qualify that. With him side by side with Monta (Ellis) and (Tyson) Chandler, there’s no one guy who will be the cornerstone of the team. So having a good young nucleus — for us the young nucleus used to be 35 — to get that number down to 28 or 29 is something we want to keep together.”
Rondo could sign a five-year, $107 million max contract with the Mavericks next summer.
“I’m definitely excited and optimistic about the situation here,” said Rondo, who’ll make $12.9 million this season. “And like Mark was saying, being alongside a guy like Monta and they just re-signed Chandler, the future seems bright and I’m just looking forward to winning a championship as fast as possible and hopefully we can keep this team together.”
Dec 19, 2014 12:56 AM EST
Mark Cuban finalized the Rajon Rondo trade on Thursday while in the green room of The Colbert Report finale.
Cuban was one of many celebrities to help bid farewell to Stephen Colbert's final telecast on Comedy Central before moving to CBS.
The Mavericks acquired Rondo in a trade with the Boston Celtics.
Dec 18, 2014 9:36 PM EST
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.
Dec 18, 2014 5:54 PM EST
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.
Dec 18, 2014 11:21 AM EST
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.
Dec 17, 2014 11:05 PM EST
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.
Dec 17, 2014 12:57 PM EST
Tyson Chandler feels sorry for his former teammate Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony and Chandler had an icy relationship during their time together with the New York Knicks, according to various reports.
"I do because he's a competitor," said Chandler. "I laced them up and went to battle with him for the last three years and know what kind of competitor he is.
"I know he wants to win, and I know he's going to take a lot of this heat. And it's unfortunate because he's a hell of a player in our league. It's just unfortunate."
The Knicks have struggled this season with a newly re-signed Anthony.
"He signed a contract to come back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take this team to the next level," Chandler said. "I ultimately feel like it will with the right pieces. They have to get luck with some things in free agency or get a high draft pick or whatever the case may be, but it takes a while to change the culture.
"You bring in a new coach and you bring in a new offense and a new identity. As long as players and everybody here understands that it's a process, it'll be all right. The moment it gets tough is when you're losing. Losing makes things difficult."
Dec 13, 2014 1:17 AM EST
Jermaine O'Neal said he expects to make a definitive decision on his playing future early in 2015.
"I'm going to make a clear-cut decision after the holidays," O'Neal said.
O'Neal admitted he knows there are teams that are interested in a possible deal and he has not ruled out returning for what would be his 19th NBA season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors are among the teams that covet O'Neal should he play again.
O'Neal played for the Warriors last season.
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