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Rondo Trade Watch: Mavericks Involved in ‘Serious’ Trade Discussions With Celtics

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It was reported on Wednesday that the Dallas Mavericks have had ‘serious’ trade talks with the Celitcs about All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

BOSTON – Rajon Rondo wants to stay in Boston, but his days as a Celtic may be numbered as trade talks surrounding the point guard appear to be heating up.

League sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that two Western Conference contenders have serious interest in trading for Rondo on Wednesday evening.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com also confirmed that Dallas was in deep discussions with Boston on Rondo.

The reports match up with Wojnarowski’s earlier suggestion that the Celtics were exploring potential Rondo deals with several teams in the Western Conference. Given the fact the Celtics are surely are putting a high price tag on their prized point guard in any trade, there’s still no clear cut deal for the Celtics to make with either team.

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The Mavericks have plenty of future first round draft picks they could offer in a deal for Rondo, but the Dallas roster lacks any promising young players that Danny Ainge would be looking for as a return.

Brandon Wright is a young big man with plenty of potential, but his contract is set to expire at the end of the season, so he’d be due for a big raise in his next deal. Knowing that, Boston could just target him in free agency next summer, so he’s not a major “asset” in any deal for a player like Rondo.

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Seeing as all of the Mavericks’ first round picks would likely fall in the latter part of the first round of the NBA Draft for the next few seasons as well, it’s tough to see a deal that gives Boston a significant return without Dallas giving up a major part of their core. The same bodes true for Houston’s roster and draft picks.

While the possibility remains a three-team trade could help Boston receive the additional young assets they seek, it’s no sure thing either team is willing to offer enough pieces to get a deal done. Both Houston and Dallas have emerged as Rondo suitors in the past, so it’s no surprise to see them jumping into the fray as potential destinations.

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For his part, Rondo responded to the rumors after Wednesday’s win against the Magic.

“[Dealing with trade rumors] is a way of life since I’ve been here. It’s part of it,” Rondo said of the latest reports.

He also repeated the declaration that he wants to stay in Boston for the long haul.

“How many times you want me to say it?” Rondo declared. “We discussed it on media day. My thoughts and opinions as far as the organization have not changed. …I’m enjoying life. We can’t win them all, but these guys are funny. I’m young and I’m doing what I love to do. It’s a dream come true. I can’t be upset about anything.”

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Just how long Rondo will continue living his dream in Boston is unclear, but the rumors will continue to surround the 28-year-old guard for the foreseeable future.

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