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Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo To Dallas Mavericks

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced Thursday night.

“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,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations.

The Celtics are sending the All-Star point guard and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and draft picks. Boston will receive a conditional first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in 2016, as well as a $12.9 million trade exception.

“Welcome to Rajon Rondo the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks,” team owner Mark Cuban wrote on the social media application Cyber Dust. Cuban also thanked the three departing players, calling them “Amazing players and better people.”

Rondo joins Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons in a high-octane starting five in Dallas.

Parsons addressed the possibility of playing with Rondo earlier Thursday on 103.3 FM ESPN in Dallas.

“To be able to get a guy like Rondo, it’s unbelievable,” he said. “It’s not every day that you can get a point guard of his status, and the way he can pass the ball, he’s a difference-maker. To be able have that, with the combination of what we already have with our system and the players put around him, it’s special. It’s definitely exciting. Like I said, I hope it goes through because he’s a heck of a talent, one of [the] better point guards in the NBA.”

Rondo, who is in the final year of his current contract, has left little doubt in recent months that he intends to test the market as a free agent in July. But sources say Dallas, amid growing concern about its point guard play and sensing the opportunity to acquire a top-flight player it has coveted for some time, is confident it could win over Rondo for the long term.

Boston has the necessary trade exceptions to absorb all the salaries from Dallas while generating the valuable $12.9 million trade exception (Rondo’s 2014-15 salary) to help with future roster construction.

The Celtics now have eight first-round picks in the next four years, picking them up in trades for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and even coach Doc Rivers as they shed the pieces of the new Big Three that earned the franchise its unprecedented 17th NBA title in 2008.

“We would not have won Banner 17 without Rajon and will always consider him one of our most valuable Celtics,” the team’s owners said in a joint statement. “We will always cherish the time he was here.”

The Celtics were at the roster maximum of 15 before the trade. They also waived center Vitor Faverani in order to absorb the three players from Dallas.

The Mavericks were one of several teams to express interest in Rondo. The Celtics also had talked to teams including the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets about a potential deal, according to sources.

Rondo, 28, is averaging 8.3 points and a league-best 10.8 assists per game this season, his ninth in the league. He joined the rebuilding Celtics as the 21st overall pick out of Kentucky in 2006 and became the point guard for an NBA champion in his second year when Boston acquired Ray Allen and Garnett the next summer. They helped the Celtics reach the NBA Finals again two years later.

Rondo has averaged 11 points, 8.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds over his career. He missed the second half of the 2012-13 season and the first half of last season to have reconstructive knee surgery, and then reportedly fell in the shower on the eve of training camp and missed all of the preseason.

Wright has played about 19 minutes a game, averaging 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Crowder has averaged 3.6 points per game for Dallas.

Nelson, who signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal last summer after 10 seasons in Orlando, was starting at point guard for Dallas, averaging 7.3 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 37 percent from the field.

Powell has totaled nine points and nine minutes in five games for Boston this season as the Celtics opened their second season under coach Brad Stevens.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, ESPNBoston.com’s Chris Forsberg and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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On This Side of the River… by CC Lovechild

*ERIC B voice*…It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…..

BLESSHA BONES cousins!!!  I’ve soooo missed you guys!  I’ve been through hell and high water, but managed to stay afloat.  I pray all is well your way.

WELCOME BACK CC!!!  Yup you heard right, ya gurl is back in the St. Louis area, loving the Muddy Mississippi side.  So if you see me out and about make sure we get selfies (if my hair is done…*gigglin*)

HAPPY BORNDAY TUPAC!!!!!!  We miss you and we love you STILL….hiphop hasn’t been the same (even tho you still recording from France).  I don’t have many regrets in life, but not sleeping with him when I had the chance is definately in my top 3!  Hope you guys went to check out the @OUTLAWS and @TEFPOE when they were here…..

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…..”LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME BURNED BY THE FIRE….” .R.I.P DR. MAYA ANGELOU, an awesome woman never to be forgotten.  I’m also saddened by the passing of RUBY DEE, who quoted “Lord, make me so uncomfortable that I do the very thing I fear”, which is my quote for the year.  And last but not least, St. Louis’ very own TONY SIMMONS  passed as well.  Tony was our own ‘RAY CHARLES’.  He was the piano player for @DENISETHIMES and GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH.  He was a great guy, good friend, and my favorite blind guy, cause he always told me how good I looked *gigglin & sniff*….all 3 will be missed….

#BIGBANGTHEORY…is EPIC TV!!  Don’t sleep on it, and it’s the first show I’ve ever enjoyed that has absolutely no black people in the cast #racialprogress, and besides, I need something to watch till @SHONDARHIMES and #SCANDAL gets their life together.

*screams & faints* BASKETBALL SEASON IS OVER!  Of course I’m a lil’ disappointed my top 3 teams didn’t make it to the finals. (S/O to the Knicks, Nets, & the Thunder).  But all in all I enjoyed the season.  S/O to the SAN ANTONIO SPURS!  The 2014 Champs!!!  I still can’t believe @KINGJAMES ran off the court like a lil’ mitch….bad sportsmanship can’t be tolerated in this stage of his game….and HE’S STILL BETTER THAN copycat KOBE!

MOVIES…..anybody excited about “THINK LIKE A MAN 2″…..? Anytime I can see @michaelealy I’m blessed. *gigglin*

MUSIC: Make sure you support your favorite artists as JUNE is BLACK MUSIC MONTH!!!  If you need some new favs…..check out my boi @LSEVEN’s new project #INTHEBOOK.  And I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting on @ISSACCATES n @ORDAINED new release!  And down in my sanctified soul is loving the return of #THEGORDONS.  These brothers are ahead of their time, and I’ll be talking more to them and about them….these bros are the ISLEY BROTHERS of GOSPEL MUSIC!!!​

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WHERE YOU NEED TO BE:

SUPER JAM is here!!!  S/O to @TEFPOE for making it on the big stage this year!  You deserve it son, rock it out!  And I’m surpressing the urge to go just to see @CHARLIECHANSOPRANO N @YOGOTTI in the same damn day!  Pray for me…..it goes down @ Scottrade Center on Saturday 6/21 in STL!

LOLA IS CLOSING! *gasp* make sure you go rock it out one last time with the bossman @DJEPIC this Friday for happy hour!

On Saturday nites, grab ya girls and join @DJNSAYNE; if you show him ya taataas he’ll let you ride the bull at the LION’S DEN off Bellefontaine & Parker Rd.

DONT LET THE HEARSE BEAT YOU TO THE CHURCH!!!

KANSAS CITY get ready!!!  It’s time to celebrate one of the most beautiful women of the Gospel @cherylnewton

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ALSO MEET ME @ the Southweast Community Center off 63rd St. on June 28 from 11am-2pm for Greater Faith Baptist Church’s “HEELS, HATS, BRIMS & BOWTIES LUNCHEON” Yours Truly & Pastor Ricky Rambo from KCK are the speakers! Email me for ticket info….

NEXT TIME: We headed to the @JONERICKQUE SHOW & ya guess whose coming to the LOU!….we check in with @COMEDIANCORTEZ as he laffs off his leggins *gigglin* & W.O.R.S.H.I.P.’s single release featuring the golden voice of my gurl @HOPEMCINTOSH…..

Respect All, Fear None!

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