The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly interested in Boston Celtics' guard Rajon Rondo, especially now since the C's have started their fire sale this past week by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets on draft night.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that the Celtics have asked for Dirk Nowitzki in any trade, which obviously would make the negotiation that much harder given Dirk's no-trade clause. Trading Dirk almost certainly will not happen, so the Mavs have to be willing to take back salary in order to acquire Rondo.
Some contracts that Boston would consider dumping are former Mavs forward Brandon Bass, who has two years and $13.35 million left on his deal, as well as Gerald Wallace, whom the Celtics will soon finalize acquiring from the Nets in the Garnett and Pierce deal.
Almost any deal that Boston would entertain for Rondo would have to include Wallace. It's hard to imagine the Celtics keeping Wallace and not shedding his salary, if indeed their intent is to complete their fire sale and try to get into position to land next year's number one draft pick, which at this point would certainly be current Kansas Jayhawk, and phenom, Andrew Wiggins.
Acquiring Rondo could cement the possible signing of Dwight Howard for the Mavs, although signing D12 would be first priority, as the proposed trade for Rondo would eat up cap space.
It's hard to see this going down, but Mark Cuban said he would be busy this summer, not filming Shark Tank.
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