Report: Jermaine O’Neal ‘intrigued’ about joining Mavs

 

Jermaine O’Neal looked like he was hanging up the sneakers at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. But the chance to join a loaded Dallas Mavericks team could convince the big man to make a comeback.
 
O’Neal is “highly intrigued” about the possibility of signing with the Mavericks after the team acquired point guard Rajon Rondo in a trade with the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, sources told ESPN.com on Saturday.
Dallas has a need for a player like O’Neal after shipping center Brandan Wright to Boston in the Rondo deal. Wright had been playing well in a backup role to starter Tyson Chandler, averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while playing 18.7 minutes per game.
O’Neal is expected to make a decision by early 2015 about whether he’ll play this season but now could decide sooner, according to ESPN. The network reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers also are interested in signing the 36-year-old.
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Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

The Brooklyn Nets have admitted their efforts to become a contender did not work out as planned, and now they are trying to rebuild and trade away some of their pieces. The Nets reportedly have made Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams available for trade, and Williams sounds like one of the players who…Read More

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Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

While folks in Boston debate whether the Celtics got fleeced in the Rajon Rondo trade, at least the Celts were able to find a buyer for their polarizing star. The Charlotte Hornets weren’t so fortunate.
 
The Hornets have decided to keep mercurial shooting guard Lance Stephenson “for now,” ESPN.com reports, mainly due to lack of interest around the league.
Seven teams expressed trade interest, ESPN’s Chris Broussard and Ramona Shelburne reported, but none made suitable offers for Charlotte. The Hornets are reportedly hopeful a nagging groin injury, rather than a poor attitude, is the reason Stephenson has failed to live up to the three-year, $27 million contract he signed last summer.
Stephenson was expected to help the Hornets, who earned a surprise Eastern Conference playoffs berth last season, take the next step toward serious contention. Instead, he is averaging only 10.2 points per game on 38 percent shooting from the field and 15 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, and his negative body l

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Mark Cuban finalized Rondo trade on “Colbert Report’ set

If you watched the final episode of “The Colbert Report” on Thursday night, you might have caught Mark Cuban among the random assemblage of famous people singing “We’ll Meet Again” to the show’s host.
As it turns out, Cuban was multi-tasking.

From #Colbert Farewell: @MarkCuban finalized Rondo deal in green room, sitting w/Waterston, Daniels, me + dismaying UN Amb. Samantha Power
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 19, 2014
If Olbermann was being serious — sometimes it’s hard to tell when he’s sincere and when he’s snide — that would certainly be one of the more interesting places a blockbuster trade has been finalized. Except now we’re wondering how many big business decisions Cuban has made between takes on “Shark Tank.”
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Report: Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks

The highly anticipated deal to send All-Star guard Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics to the Dallas Mavericks has reportedly been agreed to.
ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to break down the specifics of the deal. 
Rondo, a four-time All-Star who is set to become a free agent this upcoming offseason, goes to a Mavericks team that is now firmly in contention for a conference title moving forward this year.
While Rondo is averaging just over 30 minutes (a career low) and less than nine points per game, he putting up 7.5 rebounds and 10.6 assists per outing. Those are some delicious numbers for a Mavericks squad that already boasts Monta Ellis in what promises to be one of the most electric backcourts in the Association.
Reportedly difficult to deal with at times, a change of scenery could do Rondo some good. It’s been said that he’s wanted out of Boston for some time. And now, going to a contender could be a recipe for success for the All-Star.
Rondo joins what has to be considered one of the best start

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Jae Crowder to Celtics: Latest Trade Details, Scouting Report and Reaction

As part of Thursday’s blockbuster deal that sent All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics got a versatile forward in Jae Crowder as part of their return.   

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports provided the full details of the landmark trade:

Boston is in the midst of a rebuilding effort and evidently felt good enough about the assets it was getting in return to ship away such a transcendent talent as Rondo.

Although an expiring contract necessitated a Rondo trade so the Celtics wouldn’t come up empty in the event he walked this offseason, Crowder is an interesting new piece to the Boston equation.

Vice’s Jack Moore believes Crowder is a nice fit for Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ system:

Crowder is known most for his ability to defend multiple positions. He can guard anywhere from the 2 to the 4 depending on matchups, thanks to his length, athleticism and quickness. All indications are that Crowder has a great work ethic, evident in his significant weight drop from his rookie NBA campaign.

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reported in October what Crowder had to say regarding his still-developing game, which has to put Boston fans at a bit more ease after losing such a big-time player in Rondo:

I’m trying to make plays on the other end, not just be one-dimensional. I’m a much better player than just a defensive player, but I do bring a lot of defense to my team and that is what has gotten me on the court in my two years in the league. I’m just trying to grow my game and expand my game as much as possible.

That Crowder can also keep opponents honest as a decent and improving three-point shooter (34.2 percent this season) is an added bonus.

Any scoring Crowder can add is ideal, but he’s needed most in his area of expertise as he prepares to join the Celtics’ rotation. Although Stevens is finding ways to have his squad as the sixth-ranked scoring offense in the NBA entering Thursday’s games, Boston is 27th in scoring defense.

A major part of the reason the Celtics engage in so many shootouts is that they deploy the fastest pace in the Association, averaging 100.49 possessions per 48 minutes, per NBA.com.

Crowder’s skill set and strengths fit exceptionally well into what Stevens is trying to get Boston to do. The 24-year-old can be a great energy guy off the bench, play big minutes and continue developing into a better player.

Those are some of the overarching goals for players contributing to Stevens’ reconstruction of a revered NBA franchise. Thus, Crowder is a prototypical new-age Celtic from a schematic and chemistry standpoint.  

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Report: Lakers offered Nash, draft picks for Rondo

It reportedly will take a rather hefty offer to convince the Boston Celtics to part ways with Rajon Rondo. This one probably won’t get the job done.
The Los Angeles Lakers have offered the Celtics a package of point guard Steve Nash and “multiple draft picks” in exchange for Rondo, sources told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne on Thursday.
Rondo obviously would help the flailing Lakers, but that return is … less than favorable, to say the least. Nash is basically retired — he’s 40 and hasn’t played all season — and L.A.’s upcoming crop of draft picks isn’t a particularly appealing one.
The Dallas Mavericks appeared to be the front-runners in the Rondo sweepstakes as of Thursday afternoon.
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Report: Celtics in serious trade talks involving Rondo

 
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It appears that the Boston Celtics’ trade machine has kicked into high gear.
The Celtics are “exhibiting a renewed willingness” to trade point guard Rajon Rondo, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.
“As much as ever in his nine seasons in Boston, the Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rondo, sources said,” Adrain Wojnarowski and Marc Spears wrote. “Boston has been engaged in discussions described as ‘serious’ in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent.”
Wojnarowski and Spears also reported, citing sources, that Boston’s asking price for Rondo is “pretty high, probably higher than most want to pay” and that negotiations involving the four-time All-Star “have been focused more in the Western Conference than Eastern.”
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Report: Celtics ‘Among Most Active Teams’ In Early NBA Trade Talks

Danny Ainge had better have a good wireless plan.
The Boston Celtics have been highly active working the phones early in the trade season, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. They are reportedly one of the top 10 teams presumably putting out feelers to make a move.

Among most active teams on phones: (in no order): Celtics, Pistons, Suns, Timberwolves, Hornets, Clippers, Pacers, Nets, Nuggets, Rockets.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 16, 2014
Trade talks are heating up now that free agents signed last offseason became eligible to be traded Dec. 15. Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Marcus Thornton, Gerald Wallace and Rajon Rondo are most often mentioned as players Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, could trying dealing at some point this season.
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Report: Pistons Could Trade Greg Monroe, Others

At 5-19 on the season, it’s rather evident that the current group of Detroit Pistons players simply aren’t getting it done. Short of a complete turnaround, which seems unlikely, this could lead to wholesale changes on the roster.
And according to numerous reports, the team could soon go into full “firesale mode.”
The Sporting News is indicating that Detroit wants a first-round pick for former lottery selection Greg Monroe. The issue with this is that Monroe is set to become a free agent following the season, which might make it difficult for a team to yield such an important piece. Monroe also signed a qualifying offer with the Pistons in the offseason, which means he can void any deal if he sees fit.
By accepting that qualifying offer, Monroe also has Bird Rights if he’s remains with the Pistons. This would enable him to get a larger deal should he re-sign with the team.
And according to a separate report, Monroe is disinterested in waiving those rights in a trade.
The drama.
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