Tag: Rajon Rondo

Dallas Mavericks v New Orleans Pelicans

Report: Executives have proposed moving up NBA trade deadline


The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 19 this year.

Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Timofey Mozgov, Brandan Wright (twice), Iman Shumpert, Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith and Corey Brewer have already been traded since this season began. There have been several smaller deals, too.

How many more players are left to be traded in the next few weeks?

Sure, the Nets probably still want to trade Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson. The Hornets should be motivated to move Lance Stephenson. The Knicks want to unload Jose Calderon and Pablo Prigioni. Thaddeus Young and Norris Cole seem available. The Thunder might not keep Reggie Jackson?

So, it’s not as if the trade market is dead. But is there any reason these other trades can’t be made sooner?

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

some executives have already pitched an earlier trade deadline in informal discussions with league officials.

Admittedly, I could be overreacting to a single season. But it seems the new Collective Bargaining Agreement has changed the in-season trade market.

Contracts are shorter, placing less value on expiring contracts. Therefore, teams aren’t using them as the primary selling point in midseason swaps to get better players on lengthier contracts who teams want to dump.

Now, in-season trades are more about talent. And if teams are going to add talent, they’re going to do it sooner – both to increase chemistry-building time and the number of games a new player helps the team win.

But I don’t see a point to mandating the trade market move this direction. The deadline is already early enough to prevent wide-spread dumps by non-playoff teams to playoff teams. Mostly, if not fully, teams completely out of playoff contention by mid-February have already ridded themselves of win-now players in an effort to tank.

I think moving up the trade deadline would matter less now than, say, a decade ago. But what is the benefit?

Goran Dragic on upcoming free agency: “Every team is an option to me”

Phoenix Suns v Sacramento Kings

Goran Dragic has the ability to opt out and become a free agent this summer, and he’s going to be one of the most coveted players on the market. Once you get past the LaMarcus Aldridge/Marc Gasol/Kevin Love/Rajon Rondo tier of stars, Dragic is among the best options for teams looking for help. And he’s made it clear that he’s keeping his options open.

From the Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen:

Dragic signed a four-year deal with the Suns that gave him the power to opt out after his third season, an option that the Rockets would not give him when they insisted on a contract without player options.

Asked if the Rockets would be at a disadvantage because they could not reach agreement on a deal in 2012, Dragic said, “Oh, no. No. Nothing like that.

“Every team in the NBA is an option to me, because it is a privilege to play for any team in the NBA. When the time comes I’m going to sit down with my family and my agent and try to make the best decision for myself.”

Dragic will have no shortage of suitors in free agency. The Knicks and Lakers need long-term point guards and have plenty of cap space to burn. The Rockets are another interesting option — they let him go in 2012, but that’s clearly not something Dragic holds against teams, considering he signed with the Suns that summer after they traded him to Houston in 2011. He could stay in Phoenix, but that probably hinges on how good this season is. They’re currently in the playoff hunt, but there’s no telling how long they can hold off Oklahoma City. Plus, they’ve got major money already tied up in Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, both of whom play Dragic’s position. And considering he’s going to command far more than the $7.5 million he’s making this year as a free agent, they may decide not to pay up.

Rajon Rondo benched late in Mavericks’ loss to Bulls

Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

With a little more than five minutes remaining and the Mavericks trailing the Bulls by seven points on Friday, Rajon Rondo was subbed out by Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle, and finished the rest of the game watching from the bench.

The Mavericks closed the gap, and were within a single possession in the game’s closing seconds before ultimately suffering the loss.

Rondo, of course, was a midseason addition via trade from Boston, and is a former All-Star who theoretically was brought in to run the show precisely in these crunch time situations. So, not surprisingly, Carlisle was asked why he benched his starting point guard afterward — five separate times.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

Coach Rick Carlisle repeatedly referred to Rondo’s crunch-time benching as a “coach’s decision” during his postgame news conference and declined to discuss the strategic logic of not playing Rondo down the stretch.

“It’s called coach’s decision, and that’s how we’re going to roll,” Carlisle said after the fifth question on the subject. “Next question.” …

“Coach made a decision. It’s as simple as that,” said Rondo, who had six points on 3-of-9 shooting, four assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes. “I’ve been in this game a long time. It’s not like it’s the end of the world. I like what Coach Carlisle has done for me this year. I don’t have any regrets.” …

“Listen, if you want to make it a blow-up story, be my guest,” Carlisle said. “Go talk to him. It’s a coach’s decision.”

It’s not a huge story, and likely won’t become one thanks to Rondo’s relatively chill response.

Benching Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons or Monta Ellis in this situation would be a much greater cause for concern going forward, because those are the guys the offense is centered around, and they usually play the bulk of the minutes.

Rondo has to know that a 3-of-9 shooting performance to that point, with only four assists against two turnovers, isn’t going to be good enough to get his team where it wants to go. Carlisle was likely sending that message, and doing so in a regular season matchup that took place before the All-Star break seems perfectly harmless.