On June 28, 2006, the Celtics selected Rajon Rondo with the 21st overall pick in that year’s NBA Draft. From that day forward, his name was floated in nearly every trade rumor that involved the green.
Over eight years after the selection, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge finally dealt the temperamental point guard on Thursday (according to multiple reports), sending No. 9 to Dallas in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first round pick and a future second round pick.
The 28-year-old Rondo is in the final season of a five-year, $55 million contract and was said to have wanted a maximum deal this coming summer. It has seemed for quite awhile that the Celtics were unwilling to give Rondo the max money he coveted.
The writing may have been on the wall for a Rondo move ever since the Celtics selected Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart sixth overall in this past year’s draft.
Rondo was one of the more unique players in Celtics history, with his herky-jerky moves and ability to rack up triple-double after triple-double. This season, Rondo was averaging 8.3 points per game, a whopping 10.8 assists per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Rondo was a key member of the Celtics’ 2008 World Championship team, scoring 21 points in Boston’s clinching Game 6 win over the Lakers in that year’s Finals.