Now that the Celtics have agreed to ship power forward Kevin Garnett, swingman Paul Pierce and guard Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, they be shifting their focus to trading another star – point guard Rajon Rondo.
Mike Fisher of Dallas Basketball originally broke the story, citing a source.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the report and admitted the Celtics really like former Miami point guard Shane Larkin, who was acquired by the Mavericks on draft night, but poses an interesting question - “How do Mavs take contracts and keep space for Howard?”
Rondo, 27, averaged 13.7 points, a league-high 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for the Celtics last season. Unfortunately for Rondo and the Celtics, he played in just 38 games after tearing his ACL on January 25 in Atlanta against the Hawks.
The Mavericks would love to acquire Rondo and sell Howard on playing with Rondo and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki.
Earlier this week, Nowitzki admitted he has had contact with Howard.
“I reached out to him and told him we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki told Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas. “That’s really about it. It’s not like we call each other every day.”
The Mavericks, along with the Houston Rockets, are thought to be the front runners for Howard’s services.
“He’s just weighing out his options,” Nowitzki said. “I’m sure he has a couple of meetings set up for whenever that might be in early July. Hopefully the Mavs are one of those teams, and we’ll go from there.
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