It took a few years of speculation before it happened, the Boston Celtics have finally traded Rajon Rondo.
The four-time All-Star point guard, and power forward Dwight Powell were moved to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first round pick and a 2016 second-round pick.
The move for Dallas was an aggressive one, prior to this trade, they were already on track to do damage in the playoffs. Now, with Rondo, they’re clearly gearing up for a run at an NBA championship. The Celtics have been in rebuilding mode for the past couple of seasons, moving Rondo helps in they’re efforts to position themselves for the long-term.
They’re indeed pros and cons to trades in professional sports, for Dallas, this one’s no different. Rondo isn’t known for his offensive game, he’s not going to beat you with his jump shot. However, he flourished with the Celtics during their run to the championship in 2008, by being a pure point guard that’s proven in the playoffs he can dial it up on offense when needed. The Mavericks were already an offensive juggernaut without Rondo, so they’re not bringing him in for that. On a team that features Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, and a revitalized Tyson Chandler, Rondo’s ability to make the right pass at the right time as a facilitator will be on display.
How Rondo blends in with the chemistry of Dallas also will be something worth keeping an eye on. The Mavs were doing well without him, while this trade arguably makes them the favorites in the Western Conference, it only works if everyone can get on the same page. This was an aggressive move from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and in my opinion, the right one for a team built to win now.
Is this the last days in San Francisco for Jim Harbaugh as head coach of the 49ers? For the first time since 2008, Harbaugh won’t be participating in some sort of postseason play, this includes his time at Stanford as their head coach. Rumors are rampant that he’s seriously considering taking the vacant head coaching job at Michigan University, his alma mater. However, they’re quite a few potential NFL head coaching vacancies expected to present themselves to Harbaugh, specifically the Oakland Raiders. What we do know is that he’s apparently worn out his welcome in San Francisco and it’s time to move on. He became the first head coach to reach a conference championship game in each of his first three seasons, however he’s been unable to get over that last hump to secure a Super Bowl title. My gut feeling is Harbaugh’s staying in the NFL, he’s a prideful man and I think the winner in him still wants to win a Super Bowl before considering going back into the college ranks.