After years of being dangled on the trading block, Rajon Rondo has finally been shipped off from Boston. The former Celtics point guard is now a member of the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:
BREAKING: Celtics agree in principle to deal sending Rajon Rondo to Dallas for Wright, Nelson, Crowder & 2 picks. (via @ESPNSteinLine)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 18, 2014
In return, the Celtics are receiving Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Dallas' 2015 first-round draft pick, and a future second-round selection. Boston also gave up power forward Dwight Powell.
It's a major upgrade for the Mavericks, who have been desperate for a star point guard after whiffing on their selection of Shane Larkin in the 2013 NBA Draft. Rondo is also sure to appreciate the change of scenery. He'll now take over the NBA's first ranked offense, headlined by perennial All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas is built to win now, and at 19-8, they're certainly doing it.
UPDATE: The trade went official, and Rajon Rondo took to Twitter to let Boston know his feelings.
My time in Boston has meant so much. I've grown up with this city both as a basketball player and person. The love I have for the most loyal— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2014
And supportive fans in the league is unmatched. My teammates have shown nothing but heart the last couple of seasons.— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2014
They are some of the hardest working guys I have played with and I wish them the best. I've experienced my most successful and challenging— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2014
Years w/ the Celtics, fans and city. The opportunity to play with guys like Dirk, Monta, Tyson and the young talent of Chandler is exciting— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2014
I look forward to building something special in Dallas.— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2014
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