The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. In return, Boston will receive Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 1st round pick and a future 2nd round pick. Rondo will now lead a Mavericks offense that features Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler. Yikes. That is one of the best starting 5 I remember in recent years. The Mavericks are currently 19-8, yet sit in 3rd place in the Southwest Division behind the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets. The Western Conference can be a cruel place!
Boston will send Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell to Dallas for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jamar Nelson, 2015 first-round and future second.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 18, 2014
There is never a way to know how a new PG will mesh with the mojo of a team, but Rondo is the type of PG who makes everyone around him better and will create easy shots for Dirk and Parsons, while killing the pick and roll lob to Chandler. Will be interesting to see how he and Ellis get along!
The clear winner in this whole situation is Marcus Smart who, when he returns to the Celtics from injury, will become their starting PG. The 6th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft has played in just 10 games for Boston this season.
Wright will now have to share time with Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller. He should be able to see the same 18.7 minutes per game he was getting in Dallas. My guess would be Bass will see his minutes cut, if he is not traded at some point this season, with an expiring contract.
Sully and Jeff Green will have to continue to lead the Celtics offensively. Sullinger had scored just 15 total points (19% from the field) in his last 4 games prior to the Celtics 109-92 victory over the Magic. He made 7 of his 13 attempts to score 16 points. He averaged 16/8/3 in November, which is what the Celtics need from him. Green continues to have a career year, averaging 19.6 points per game, on 45% shooting. He is scoring 22.6 points per game in December, and that is what he should expect himself to score moving forward, as this is his team now. Green is sure to decline his $9 mil player option for next season and is playing for a big time contract.