Mavericks inquire about availability of Rondo

Mavericks inquire about availability of Rondo
June 29, 2013, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON — A league executive has told CSNNE.com that the Dallas Mavericks have inquired about the availability of Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, well aware that the Celtics are in rebuilding mode and are likely more open to trading away their star point guard.

Although Danny Ainge told media on Thursday night that the C's are comfortable moving forward with Rondo as the team's centerpiece, multiple league sources contacted on Saturday indicated that Rondo is indeed available.

It's no secret that the Mavericks have been searching for an elite point guard for the past couple of years, and had their sights set on targeting Chris Paul who becomes a free agent on Monday.

However, the Los Angeles Clippers adding former Celtics coach Doc Rivers to a similar position - along with being senior Vice President of basketball operations - has made it unlikely Paul will sign with another team besides the Clippers.

With the Brooklyn Nets loading up with talent (courtesy of a blockbuster deal that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce there in a couple weeks) to compliment point guard Deron Williams, Rondo is the next best elite point guard that might be available, for the right price of course.

And that's where it becomes quite sticky for the Celtics.

There is certainly the possibility of the C's swinging a deal that might return them O.J. Mayo - a player that Ainge has had his eye on for a while - via sign-and-trade, but Boston would certainly need more (i.e., draft picks, young talent) to be willing to let their four-time all-star leave for Dallas.

Another league source didn't anticipate the C's doing a major trade until the blockbuster deal with Brooklyn is completed, which can not happen until July 10.

The C's know they have some time because there's little to no chance that the Mavericks could acquire a better point guard than Rondo by then.