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Reports: Ex-Cat Rondo traded to Dallas

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade former University of Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple media reports Thursday evening.

The reported deal sends Rondo and Dwight Powell to the Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and two future draft picks.

The trade moves Rondo from an Eastern Conference squad in Boston (9-14) struggling to rebuild to a Dallas squad (19-8) in the midst of a championship chase in the loaded Western Conference.

Rondo would join a Dallas starting lineup that includes Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons in the frontcourt, along with shooting guard Monta Ellis.

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.

Rondo, in his ninth season in Boston, is averaging 8.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 10.8 assists this season. His career averages are 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.5 assists.

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