The Sacramento Kings are reportedly going to emerge as an option for point guard Rajon Rondo as he is set for free agency this summer.
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Rondo experienced a disastrous spell in Dallas with the Mavericks this past season, and that may well have forced him to reconsider his options this summer when it comes to agreeing to a new deal with another team.
Following issues with coach Rick Carlisle and generally failing to fit in, the former Boston Celtics star is an unrestricted free agent and so he will be looking elsewhere ahead of the new campaign.
Both the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with a move previously, but it remains to be seen if they make him a tangible offer at the end of the season with Kobe Bryant in particular making no secret of wanting to play alongside the former NBA champion.
However, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Kings could be another possibility although it is highly unlikely that they will be Rondo’s first choice if the other teams mentioned above come calling.
“A darkhorse location for Rajon Rondo in free agency is Sacramento, where the Kings are entering a pivotal year in their franchise and could use a bona fide point guard,” Washburn noted.
“Darren Collison, coming off hip surgery, is the team’s scheduled starter for next season. Rondo, who didn’t appear interested in going to the Kings a few years ago, could use the club as a springboard to perhaps a larger contract if he signs a one-year deal. Rondo is also close friends with Kings forward Rudy Gay.”
In all fairness, Sacramento may feel as though they have a shot now as Rondo will need to repair his image and convince organisations that he can be trusted with a long-term deal.
As a result, a short stint with the Kings could be the perfect platform to prove that before signing a multi-year elsewhere next summer.