It has seemed fairly imminent for a while now that the Boston Celtics are preparing to lose Rajon Rondo this off-season.
Rumours have been rife about where Rondo may be playing his basketball next season with several teams being lined up.
Rondo was set to test free agency this of-season but now he has officially been traded by the Celtics in a big deal.
There have been a lot of teams speculated as the new home for Rondo including a link up with Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers.
However tonight it has been confirmed that Rondo has completed a trade to the Dallas Mavericks.
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Sources claimed that the deal had been agreed in principle for Rondo to move to Dallas and Boston to receive three players and two future draft picks all through Thursday.
"deal is on course to happen tonight." - ESPN's sources on Rondo trade
It has now been confirmed as Rondo and Celtics Forward Dwight Powell will both move to Dallas in the trade.
Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder and Jameer Nelson all become Celtics players as the two teams partake in a huge trade.
The three Mavericks players along with a future first and second round draft pick go to Boston.
The Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Lakers were the teams being linked with possible trades for Rondo.
Twitter has gone crazy with the news that Rondo has become a Dallas player and fans are salivating at the new Mavericks starting line-up.
Dallas building a franchise city?
What a time it is for the city of Dallas with the Cowboys having their first winning season for the first time in three years and the Mavericks setting up a team that will take the NBA by storm.
Rondo is in the same city as Tony Romo and will be linking up with some of the NBA's biggest names with the Mavericks.
Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis will help Rondo form a team that will surely be considered championship quality.
Dallas are of course trading away a lot of talent from the bench but the risk for a player like Rondo is surely worth it.
It looks like Dallas are about to become an even bigger team in the Western conference and more specifically, the Southwest division.
The five teams in the Southwest division are all in the seeded positions in the conference with the Mavericks, Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans all having good seasons.
The already stacked Western conference is clearly gaining another big team as the race for the title will take a dramatic twist.
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