Rajon Rondo reportedly told the Boston Celtics he wanted out, although that is something Rondo himself, his agent and the team all denied ever happened. When asked with the cameras and microphones on Rondo always talked about a commitment to Boston. You can believe what you want, but the prevailing wisdom around the league was that Rondo was not happy and not looking to be part of a long-term rebuilding project, that he was gone at season’s end as a free agent.
Now former teammate Kendrick Perkins just came right and said it — Rondo wanted out of Boston.
That’s what Perkins told Mark Spears of Yahoo Sports. If he did want out he got his wish with a trade to a contender in Dallas.
“He wanted out, but he would never say that though,” Perkins told Yahoo Sports….
“Going to nice weather, a contender,” Perkins said. “Hopefully, he will do what he got to do in terms of his contract extension. It’s a great opportunity. I’m happy for him. I’m not happy he is in the West, but I’m happy for him. His time was probably up in Boston. He did his due.
“He was cool, happy. He was excited. He’s going to a contender. He’s 29 [years old] so rebuilding is out of the question now.”
We should add for the record that Perkins and Rondo are still good friends after their five years together as Celtics. Rondo was the last member of the 2008 title Celtics still wearing green.
This is all kind of moot now, whether he wanted a trade or not. Danny Ainge had to move him because he was likely gone this summer and, while he could have waited it out to see if a better offer came in, that was not likely. Teams were not offering much (the Knicks and Lakers don’t have much to offer). So he took the best deal he could.
Now we will see how much of the 2008 Rondo is still in there after some surgeries.
Houston, looking at a brutal and loaded Western Conference, has gone out and added a little depth on the wing.
Minnesota has agreed to terms to send Corey Brewer to Houston, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and quickly confirmed by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Brewer is the best player and key part of this deal, but there are other players and contracts on the move.
Wojnarowski added this:
To acquire Brewer, the Rockets used their trade exception from the Jeremy Lin trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. They wanted to complete the deal on Friday because it leaves them 60 days until the Feb. 19 trade deadline when Brewer would be eligible to be traded again.
The Rockets offer beat out the Cavaliers and Clippers, both of whom were interested in Brewer as well and were talking to Minnesota. The Rockets and Timberwolves had gone back and forth for much of the season about a possible deal.
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This is not a potential game changer for Houston (like Rajon Rondo to Dallas) but it does give them some solid depth on the wing so they can spell James Harden and Trevor Ariza more. What Brewer does better than any player in the NBA is leak out when a shot goes up then catch long passes for easy buckets. He is the best wide receiver in the NBA. He gets almost half his shots (46 percent) near the rim where he finishes a good percentage of them. However, once you get beyond three feet and into his jumper both his shot selection and shooting percentage drops off fast. Defensively he’s solid but likes to gamble (and leak out).
The picks are assets the rebuilding Timberwolves could use. Troy Daniels was a three-point shooting machine in the D-League who has yet to prove himself at the NBA level. He only got in 17 games for the Rockets this season (108 minutes total) and 43 of his 47 shots are from beyond the arc, but he is shooting just 30.2 percent on those. There are questions about his defense as well.
Trading for Rajon Rondo definitely increases the Mavericks’ upside.
But the deal carries real risk. Brandan Wright has played extremely well in a limited role behind Tyson Chandler. Regardless of whether that’s a credit to Wright or his surroundings, he’s a key reason the Mavericks are the NBA’s only team whose 10 most-used lineups have each outscored opponents.
Not only did Wright provide useful game-to-game depth, he served as insurance if 32-year-old Chandler – who missed 27 games last season – got injured.
So where do the Mavericks turn from here? Perhaps to free agent Jermaine O’Neal, who lives near Dallas and is deciding whether he wants to still play.
Tim Cato of Mavs Moneyball:
Marc Stein of ESPN:
O’Neal played very well for the Warriors last season, averaging 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game. At 36, there’s always a risk his production falls off a cliff, and he can’t regularly play major minutes.
But the Mavericks don’t need him to do too much. Just play behind Chandler, maybe even splitting the role with Greg Smith until the playoffs get closer. There’s no free agent better for this than O’Neal, and Dallas already spent key trade assets to get Rondo.
The Mavericks should feel good about landing Rondo. You don’t turn down a player of his caliber because you’re worried it will downgrade your team at backup center. But if they can add O’Neal, they should feel much more comfortable with the deal.