UPDATES & NEWS
ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan said in an Around The Horn segment that Rajon Rondo has told the Celtics “he wants out.”
This isn't really breaking news as this has been stated and known for quite some time. Rondo is in the final year of his contract and wants out. MacMullan seems to be speaking as the authority on the subject and says that not only does Rondo want out, but the Celtics are ready to get rid of him as well. Unfortunately, it's not that easy. The Celtics want a substantial haul for him and very few teams have both the ability to to offer up a significant package and have a need at point guard. The Kings have been mentioned the most, but they're not likely to offer up enough because Rondo has already said that he will not re-sign with them when his contract expires.We should be hearing plenty more on this throughout the offseason, but hey...at least we're not talking LeBron right now.ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Dodgers have traded LHP Xavier Cedeno to the Rays for cash.
The Dodgers had designated Cedeno for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster for Sergio Santos. Cedeno has a 5.24 ERA in 55 career big-league innings across five seasons. He has 8.84 K/9 over his career, but he needs to cut back on the walks if he is ever going to have a meaningful bullpen role in the big leagues. The Rays have a deep bullpen that is only going to get deeper when Jake McGee returns, and there is little chance Cedeno makes an impact this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental
The Celtics are willing to trade a first rounder to dump Gerald Wallace.
Wallace played just 32 games this season for a Celtics team largely devoid of talent. The Celtics have a couple of first-rounders to spare, but that still seems like a high price to pay just to get rid of him. Wallace is unlikely to play much wherever he ends up, but it is always possible a change of scenery could be just what he needs. Wallace and a pick could be an enticing package for the Knicks and Lakers, both teams with cap space desperately in need of warm bodies and draft picks. Wallace could even have fringe fantasy value with one of those teams. Analysis: Steve Pimental