Rajon Rondo rumors have taken an interesting turn. Rondo may be a target of the Sacramento Kings during the NBA offseason, with the Kings looking to possibly add a new starting point guard at a discount. Rondo becomes a free agent following the 2015 NBA Finals, and it seems very unlikely that the Dallas Mavericks will look to re-sign him. Enter the Kings, a team that might need to find a replacement for Darren Collison, who will be trying to work his way back from hip surgery. A report from the Boston Globe on Saturday (June 6) pointed to some reasons why this would work.
Rondo has seen his value take a hit after a rough season with the Mavericks, so he might be willing to sign a one year contract to prove he deserves a max deal. That could benefit a team like the Kings, especially since they have several other key pieces that could lead to the postseason. Add into the equation the fact that Rondo is close friends with Kings forward Rudy Gay, and suddenly a scenario begins to emerge that could land the former All-Star in Sacramento. It’s likely that this won’t be the only team looking closely at him in free agency though.
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, Rajon Rondo got traded from the Boston Celtics to the Dallas Mavericks shortly into the 2014-15 NBA season. The trade was supposed to propel the Mavericks to a lot of success, but Rondo struggled to find his role with the team, finding himself getting more boos than cheers from the Dallas crowd. In 46 regular season games for the Mavericks, Rondo averaged just 9.3 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. For Rondo, those were his worst statistical averages since his debut with the Celtics.
Entering the 2015-16 NBA season, the Sacramento Kings already have $52.3 million in allocated salaries. That does include a qualifying offer of $8.7 million to Derrick Williams, and it doesn’t take into account players the Kings might add in the 2015 NBA Draft. The team would likely need to make a deal or two to clear room for a player like Rajon Rondo, but it could be interesting to see what a team centered around DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay can do with a pass-first point guard.
There are a number of teams that need to sign a point guard in the NBA offseason, so the Kings are definitely going to have competition. With Sacramento likely needing Rondo to also agree to either a one year deal or sign at a discounted rate, he might turn away from them. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and even the Miami Heat might be in play for the services of Rajon Rondo. The real question is whether teams are getting the Rondo from when he was with the Boston Celtics or from when he was with the Dallas Mavericks.
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