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The Boston Celtics have reportedly opened discussions with the Dallas Mavericks over a trade deal involving point guard Rajon Rondo.
ESPN sources have insisted that the Celtics and Mavs have been discussing a swap that would hand Boston multiple draft picks, including at least one future first-rounder, as well as center Brandan Wright and other players needed to make the salary-cap math work.
Sources also suggest that the Celtics have been talking to the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets about Rondo deals, but the most advanced discussions have been with Dallas at this point.
The 28-year-old is in the final year of his contract in Boston and it is understood that any team that is able to agree on terms with the Celtics will then confer with Rondo and his representatives to ensure that he is comfortable and excited about the destination.
However, the Celtics star dismissed trade talk after Wednesday night’s win over the Orlando Magic and insisted that it has been a “way of life” since he arrived in Boston.
It remains to be seen if Celtics general manager Danny Ainge will continue to shop Rondo to see what other offers he is able to receive, particularly with the Lakers expected to be interested in acquiring the point guard.
Despite both Rondo and Kobe Bryant insisting that their breakfast meeting earlier this month was purely to discuss basketball, Bryant has never hid the fact that he has a high opinion of the point guard and the Lakers will be looking to make a big splash in the coming months.
However, a starting five of Rondo, Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons could be enough to convince the Celtics star that he could chase an immediate championship in Dallas this year.