The Dallas Mavericks traded for Rajon Rondo
on Thursday, dealing three players and two draft picks to the
Boston Celtics for the All- Star point guard, according to multiple

The Mavericks landed Rondo amid reports the Celtics were talking to
several other teams about a possible trade, including the Houston

They also acquired rookie forward Dwight Powell, sending point
guard Jameer Nelson, forwards Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder and
future first- and second- round draft picks to Boston.

Rondo, 28, is due to be an unrestricted free agent after this
season but has made it clear to the Mavericks that he will sign a
contract extension next summer, Yahoo Sports reported.

Rondo was the last of the core group that led the Celtics to an NBA
title in 2008, following Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen
out the door.

He was in his ninth season with Boston, but has played just 90
games over the last three because of various injuries, most
recently a broken hand and a torn ACL.

The former first-round draft pick is still filling stat sheets.

He has an NBA-best three triple-doubles and is averaging a
league-high 10.8 assists along with 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds
this season.

Dallas made the deal while in third place in the Southwest
Division, where it trails both Memphis and Houston. Reigning NBA
champion San Antonio and upstart New Orleans round out the NBA's
toughest division.

The Mavericks signed Nelson in July after he spent his first 10
seasons with the Orlando Magic and the 32-year-old point guard
averaged 7.3 points and 4.1 assists in 23 games for them.

Wright, 27, is averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in his seventh
NBA season and Crowder, 24, is averaging 3.6 points in his third.

Powell, a second-round draft pick out of Stanford, appeared in five
games for the Celtics, scoring nine points in nine minutes.