Celtics unlikely to trade Rondo ahead of deadline on Thursday.
The Sacramento Kings have reportedly had an offer of players and a draft pick for point guard Rajon Rondo rejected by the Boston Celtics.
With DeMarcus Cousins providing the foundations in the front-court, the Kings are understood to be eager to add another piece at the point guard position to help them continue to build.
According to Yahoo! Sports, general manager Pete D’Alessandro made an audacious bid to land Rondo, but following discussions it became apparent that both parties would have issues with the deal moving forward.
“Source said Kings and C’s discussed a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rajon Rondo, but Rondo wasn’t interested in re-signing with Sacramento and the Kings strongly value McLemore,” Yahoo! Sports reported.
Rondo will become a free agent in 2015, and with reports suggesting that he wants to keep his options open during that period, it will be tough for teams to trade him as there will be a danger that he could leave.
Nevertheless, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has previously hinted that it would take a huge offer to persuade Boston to part with the 27-year-old, who they see as a potential piece to rebuild around.
With the element of uncertainty, it is expected that Rondo will continue to be the subject of trade rumours until Thursday, but ultimately experts envisage him remaining with the Celtics.
Meanwhile, the Kings will reportedly now focus their attention on acquiring a veteran back-up point guard, but it remains intriguing that the Celtics were reportedly interested in discussing a potential deal which Rondo was understood to have been consulted on.
However, with no deal on the table that appeals enough to Boston to part with their premier point guard, it remains to be seen whether a different team can entice them with a deal that offers them enough to replace Rondo.