Mavericks Acquire Four-Time All-Star Rajon Rondo
- For Immediate Release
- December 18, 2014
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have acquired four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo and center Dwight Powell from the Boston Celtics in exchange for center Brandan Wright, forward Jae Crowder, guard Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first round pick and a 2016 second round pick.
Rondo (6'1, 186) is an eight-year guard who has spent his entire professional career with the Celtics. In addition to being a four-time NBA All-Star (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Rondo has been named All-NBA Defensive Team four times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), All NBA third Team (2012) and was the starting point guard on Boston's 2008 NBA Championship team. He has played in 527 career games (474 starts) and holds averages of 11.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 32.9 minutes per game.
The veteran point guard also has extensive postseason experience having competed in tow NBA Finals and starting each of his 92 career Playoff games. Rondo holds postseason career averages of 14.5 points, 9.2 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 38.5 minutes per game.
Rondo currently lead the NBA in assists with 10.8 points per game. He led the league in that category in both 2011-2012 (11.7 apg) and 2012-2013 (11.1 apg). He also holds several Celtics' franchise assists records including single-season total with 794 assists (2009-2010), assists per game with 11.7 apg (2011-2012) and assists in an NBA playoff game with 20 (2011).
The Louisville, Kentucky native was originally the 21st pick of the 2006 NBA Draft after declaring as an early-entry candidate out of the University of Kentucky. In just his freshman season as a Wildcat, Rondo set Kentucky's all-time single-season steals mark with 87 steals in 34 games.
Powell (6'11, 240) is a rookie center who hails from Toronto, Canada and has seen action in five games this season with averages of 1.8 points, 0.2 rebounds and 1.8 minutes per game.
A former Stanford University standout, Powell was drafted by the charlotte Hornets with the 45th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He was originally traded from Charlotte to Cleveland before being acquired by the Celtics in a late-September trade that landed him in Boston, along with John Lucas III, Malcom Thomas and Erik Murphy, while Keith Bogans was sent to the Cavaliers.
As a senior at Stanford, Powell was named All-Pac 12 First Team while averaging 14.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He was also named Pac 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year.