Rajon Rondo has made news recently in requesting a trade from the Boston Celtics. (Via Jackie MacMullan). There have been reported rumors earlier this summer that Boston would put Rondo on the trading block if they were unsuccessful in their pursuit of Kevin Love this offseason. If the Celtics put Rondo on the trading block, Mark Cuban needs to make a call to Danny Ainge and make a deal happen. Rajon Rondo makes perfect sense for the Mavericks, and here’s why:
Not only is Rondo an elite passer, but he’s tenacious on defense and driving to the basket. Can you imagine a backcourt of Ellis and Rondo running the pick and roll with Dirk, passing to Parsons for a three, or throwing the lob to Tyson Chandler? More importantly, he brings an athletic, defensive point guard in which the Mavericks need, going up against the likes of Tony Parker, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, and Damian Lillard in the powerhouse of the Western Conference.
The Mavericks were more than just bad at stopping ball penetration last season, and with Shawn Marion no longer in Dallas, Rondo can be that player for years to come. At the age of 28, Rondo is entering his prime and will give the Mavericks one of the premier backcourts in the NBA for the next 4-5 years to go along with a premier front court in Chandler Parsons, Dirk, and Tyson Chandler. Rondo is set to earn $13 million next season and be looking for a new contract, which the Mavericks can certainly afford, seeing as how they have cap flexibility after this upcoming season.
The biggest problem for the Mavericks is if they have the assets to make a deal with the Celtics. Well, to answer that question, no. With Rondo only having one more year on his contract, he has all the leverage in where he goes. The Celtics won’t get much at all if a team knows that Rajon Rondo won’t sign a long-term contract with their franchise. The best option for the Celtics is to reward Rondo for what he has given to the franchise by trading him where he wants go to so he can get as much as he can from the team, rather than lose him for nothing (Example: Kevin Love). That will also help Boston move on with the rebuilding mode that the franchise is currently in.
If the Mavs were able to pull off such a deal for Rondo, it would instantly put them in the top tier of contenders for the NBA championship. The current roster is set for a 3rd-6th seed, depending on whom you talk to or what report you are reading. A line-up of Rondo, Ellis, Parsons, Nowitzki, and Chandler would be more than competitive for one of the top 3 seeds in the West. Nowitzki will have more than enough pieces around him to lighten even more of the offensive load off his shoulders and keep him fresh for the playoffs.
It’s somewhat of a long shot, but bringing in an all-star like Rondo will get the Mavs even closer to another run at the title.