Rondo set to become unrestricted free agent next summer…
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has reportedly told the organisation that he does not intend on re-signing and will become an unrestricted free agent next summer, according to an ESPN report.
Comparisons have been drawn to the situation with Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves after the power forward informed them that he would not be signing a new deal.
As a result, the Timberwolves moved this summer to agree on a trade deal and were able to acquire Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick rather than lose Love for nothing next summer.
That will potentially be the Celtics’ next move if the report is to be believed, with Rondo unlikely to be too interested in waiting for the franchise to rebuild the roster and become a contender for an NBA championship.
Having already tasted success back in 2008, the point guard has been left as the only remaining member of that team with the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Coach Doc Rivers all moving to new challenges.
While it had been suggested that Rondo would stay and lead Boston into a new era, it doesn’t appear as though that will be the case as the four-time All-Star has now recovered from injury and will likely want to have a real chance of challenging in the near future.
Having already been at the centre of numerous rumors ahead of the trade deadline back in February, it is likely that he will be linked with various franchises in the coming months but the Celtics will undoubtedly push to get significant assets in return.