Friday, December 19, 2014

NOOOOOO!

Boston Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Dallas Mavericks
I can't believe it.
When I went to bed last night my world made sense. 

Sure, my beloved Celtics were struggling, but they were at least entertaining to watch with Rajon Rondo at the helm, and GM Danny Ainge had set the team up beautifully for the 2015 free-agent bonanza.

Then this morning, flipping through my phone over breakfast, I learned that the Celtics had shipped Rondo to Mark Cuban's 19-8 Dallas Mavericks.

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 also 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.

And just like that, the last remaining member from the team's 2008 championship run was gone.

I can't believe it.

You could say that a trade was to be expected. Many rumors have been surrounding the triple-double notching Kentucky product for years, but us Celtics fans categorically dismissed and debunked them, citing his massive impact and popularity in Boston.

"Rondo is our franchise guy," we thought, "Ainge just needs to surround him with the right pieces."

Don't get me wrong. I'm happy for Rondo. 

Joining future HOF'er Dirk Nowitzki, former DPOY Tyson Chandler and dynamic scorers Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis isn't too shabby, and it's certainly lightyears better than being shipped to the Lakers, Knicks or Kings, who had also expressed interest in his considerable talents.

It just sucks that this trade leaves us All-Star-less.

With the face of the franchise gone, there are suddenly a lot of uncertainties.

What will happen?

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