Good morning. Rajon Rondo actually got traded!

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Good morning. It finally happened: the Celtics traded Rajon Rondo. The mercurial, enigmatic, quicksilver point guard is off to the Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a protected 2015 first and a future second. This caps off eight full years and 29 serious trade rumors involving Rondo, none of which came true … until one did.

Paul Flannery, professor of Rondology, writes that it was finally time for Rondo to be traded. CelticsBlog says goodbye. Mavs Moneyball says hello.

The next question is what this means for the rest of the trade market. The Rockets seemed to be in the hottest pursuit of Rondo outside of Dallas, and you get the feeling Daryl Morey isn’t going to be comfortable riding Patrick Beverley and Isaiah Canaan into a postseason rife with expectation. The Lakers and Kings were also mentioned; the odds of Sacramento giving up Ben McLemore in any deal are dropping rapidly and the Lakers have so little of value to move. It will be an interesting if uneventful trade season with this blockbuster off the table.

Alright. Let’s basketball.

THEY’RE BACK: The Warriors picked up an impressive win over the Thunder despite Kevin Durant leaving with a mild ankle sprain. (KD hopes to play Friday.) The Bucks beat the Kings thanks to clutch play from Zaza Pachulia, Jimmy Butler rode down the Knicks, Anthony Davis had another 30-10-5 game to lead New Orleans past Houston. Check out all of our recaps here.

SPEAKING OF THE WARRIORS … Here’s Zach Lowe on their excellence.

UH: Mark Cuban finalized the Rondo deal from the green room at Stephen Colbert’s massive farewell singalong.

NOT-AT-ALL OMINOUS NEWS: The Warriors announced Andrew Bogut had platelet rich therapy with no timetable for his return.

INTERESTING: How athletes and sports leagues are preparing for climate change.

TALKING KINGS: I joined Lowe’s podcast to talk about Mike Malone, Vivek and the Kings, plus some pre-trade Rondo stuff.

ALRIGHT: Video of Darko Milicic’s first professional kickboxing match.

Happy Friday. See you next time.


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