It took six years but the Boston Celtics have finally said goodbye to the final remaining member of the NBA championship team that defeated the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2008. On Thursday, the Celtics agreed to trade point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for three players and future draft picks.
Rondo took to Twitter to thank the fans in the city of Boston once he learned that the trade was complete.
“My time in Boston has meant so much,” Rondo wrote. “I’ve grown up with this city both as a basketball player and person. The love I have for the most loyal And supportive fans in the league is unmatched.
“I look forward to building something special in Dallas.”
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For Rondo, the Celtics will receive Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder along with a conditional first-round pick in 2015, a second-round pick in 2016 and a $12.9 million trade exception.
Rondo’s trade to the Mavericks (19-8) makes them title contenders once again to the delight of team owner Mark Cuban who posted a statement on the social media app Cyber Dust.
“Welcome to Rajon Rondo the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks,” Cuban wrote. He also thanked his former players who were traded saying they were “Amazing players and better people.”
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge thanked Rondo for his playing time in Boston.
“We would like to thank Rajon for everything that he has done for the Celtics organization and the success we have experienced during his tenure with us,” Ainge said.
Rondo, 28, will join the Dallas starting lineup with Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler giving the Mavericks a highly-charged starting five for head coach Rick Carlisle. Dallas’ next game is home on Saturday night against the world champion San Antonio Spurs.
This season, Rondo is averaging 8.3 points and an NBA-high 10.8 assists per game. Until this point in the season, the Mavericks’ point guards were averaging only 4.3 assists per game good for 28th in the league.
In his ninth season, Rajon Rondo has career averages of 11 points, 8.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds. He has also recorded 18 regular season triple doubles along with 10 postseason triple doubles.
For his services, the Mavericks beat out other interested teams including the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers.