CAP CANA, Dominican Republic -- Count the Mavericks' J.J. Barea as among those who doesn't think the Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo.
"I think he is the Celtics right now," Barea, the ex-Northeastern star, said to a group of reporters that included SportsNet Central's Jessica Moran. "He controls the defensive end, he controls the offense completely. His hands have the ball all the time . . . I think . . . they need to stay with him."
Barea -- here for David Ortiz' charity golf tournament -- thinks the Celtics could win without him, though "they better trade for another good point guard like him. But it will be a lot harder without him."
And as for Barea returning to Boston to play for the Celts . . .
"I had a great four years in school there at Northeastern. You never know what could happen. But I want to go back to Dallas."