The latest Rajon Rondo trade rumors began making the rounds late Wednesday night, and now there are indications that Boston and Dallas are engaged in talks involving the star point guard.

Celtics president Danny Ainge admitted Thursday morning that he’s exploring trade possibilities in a general sense, but according to reports, the Mavericks are the most serious contender for Rondo’s services.

Per ESPN:

The Boston Celtics, after years of flirting with potential Rajon Rondo deals, are in substantive discussions on a trade that would send Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

 

Sources told said that the Celtics and Mavericks have been discussing a swap that would furnish Boston with multiple draft picks — including at least one first-rounder — as well as blossoming Mavericks center Brandan Wright and other players needed to make the salary-cap math work.

 

The Celtics also have been talking to teams such as the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets about potential Rondo deals, according to sources, but the most advanced discussions have been with Dallas. […] Because Rondo is in the final year of his contract, sources say any team that can come to terms on a trade with Boston likely will request permission to confer with Rondo and his representatives to get his input on the destination, giving them a level of influence into where he might be dealt.