The Mavericks gave up plenty to get Rajon Rondo.
Brandan Wright was one of the NBA’s top reserves and an ideal fit in Dallas’ pick-and-roll. Jameer Nelson was a capable starting point guard on an offense on pace to finish as the highest-scoring per possession ever. Jae Crowder is an emerging 3-and-D player.
There just isn’t as much value coming to the Celtics, though the draft picks they acquired carry the same weight on both sides of the transaction.
Whatever production those players provide this season only moves Boston further from good draft pick. After that, Wright and Crowder will be free agents, and Nelson can become one. Can the Celtics retain them?
Nelson, 32, is a particularly poor fit on the rebuilding Celtics.
The Boston Celtics and guard Jameer Nelson have had preliminary discussions on his future role and “what if” possibilities before the February trade deadline, but buyout negotiations have not taken place yet, league sources told RealGM.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Celtics try to flip Nelson before the trade deadline. Though he provides veteran leadership in a suddenly younger locker room, he could also help another team on the court, and that could fetch Boston a draft pick. A draft pick is probably more valuable than veteran leadership on a team that has proven it plays hard nightly.
This conversation was probably about feeling out Nelson’s willingness to serve that leadership role with the Celtics in the meantime.
And if Boston can’t trade Nelson, perhaps the discussion turns to a buyout after the trade deadline. That way, Nelson can get back to a contender. He just can’t sign with Dallas.