The Boston Celtics continued their rebuilding effort on Thursday, trading long-time point guard Rajon Rondo and swing man Dwight Powell to the Dallas Mavericks for forwards Brandon Wright, Jae Crowder, point guard Jameer Nelson, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2015 first round pick if it falls between picks four and 14. Otherwise it is top-seven protected from 2016 to 2020. Here are the SportsZone Trade Grades for each team:


The Celtics already have three picks in the first round this season, and with the likelihood that the Mavs’ first rounder comes next year unless they miss the playoffs, it’s a smart move to have multiple first rounders in different seasons. Without Rondo, it’s clear that Boston is set to build around rookie point guard Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, and Tyler Zeller, while keeping financial flexibility and stock piling assets for the future. Wright and Crowder are both free agents, but both are young enough to be in positions to audition for future roles on the roster. Overall, this is a solid return for Rondo, who as a free agent after the season, was set to explore his options and possibly leave Boston with nothing.


It can be dangerous to mortgage first round picks, but in the always competitive Western Conference the Mavericks needed a stronger starting point guard if they hoping to move into the elite of the conference. With a lineup of Rondo, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tyson Chandler, the Mavericks have their best chance of returning to the finals in years. Losing Wright, Crowder and Nelson will hurt their bench, particularly in the front court, and if they strike out at this “all in” attempt and Rondo leaves after the season as a free agent, they will regret giving up the pick, but with Nowitzki’s career winding down the Mavericks had to take the risk, and a healthy Rondo is the best point guard they have had since Steve Nash.

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