Whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers were truly a legitimate player for the services of Rajon Rondo before he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks is still unclear, but the Lakers were reportedy willing to mortgage a portion of their future to get a trade done with the Boston Celtics.
Per Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, "the Lakers’ best trade offer for Rajon Rondo was Steve Nash’s expiring contract, a first-round pick from Houston and two second-round picks, a source said."
In the final trade the Mavs shipped Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, a conditional first-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, a second-rounder in 2016, and a $12.9 million trade exception to Boston for Rondo and forward Dwight Powell.
In short, the Celtics decided to choose a package of viable (and active) NBA pieces plus picks and a valuable exception over the Lakers' pick-heavy deal highlighted by Nash's expiring contract.
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