Rajon Rondo was believed to be in line for a large payday on a multi-year contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, but after a disastrous stint in Dallas, he may be forced to change his plans.
Rondo clashed with head coach Rick Carlisle, and essentially quit on his team in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavericks floated a “back injury” story as the reason he was sent away, but the reality was the team was simply done with him, and chose that route instead of dealing with a needless controversy during its first-round playoff series.
Things may have changed for Rondo on the free agent market because of all this, and now teams who traditionally can’t lure free agents to sign may believe they have a shot — and evidently, this includes the lowly Sacramento Kings.
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. 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.
Sacramento may only be an option if Rondo decides to sign a one- or two-year deal in order to rehabilitate his image, before then trying to land a larger, multi-year deal to play somewhere that’s actually appealing.
But from a pure entertainment standpoint, the personalities of Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins on the same team? Sign me up.
LeBron, can you be more aggressive in Game 2? ‘I don’t know how much more aggressive you want me to get at this point’
LeBron James did seemingly everything he could in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, scoring 44 points on 38 shots, while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists.
Yet, with Kyrie Irving out for the remainder of the series with a knee injury, might James have to do more to give his Cavaliers a shot at victory in these Finals?
He’s not sure it’s even possible.
“Well, if I get more aggressive than 36 shots (laughing), I might have about 58 of them things tomorrow night,” James said at Saturday’s media availability. “I don’t know how much more aggressive you want me to get at this point.”
LeBron actually tallied 38 shots in Game 1, and had he hit the one at the end of regulation that could have potentially given his team the win, the conversation surrounding his effort would be very different two days later.
But now that the Cavaliers are trailing 1-0 in the series, and James has lost his most reliable offensive threat when not counting himself, it’s worth wondering if there is in fact anything else he’s able to do to will his team to wins — or, if Cleveland is simply too depleted at this point from a personnel standpoint to be able to compete with these Warriors.
Quote of the Day: Tyronn Lue talks smack on 14th anniversary of Allen Iverson stepping over him in 2001 Finals
Tyronn Lue is an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers now, but he’s known for being on the wrong end of an iconic moment during an otherwise unremarkable 13-year career as a player.
While playing for the Lakers during the 2001 NBA Finals, Lue fell down late in Game 1 as he was attempting to check Allen Iverson. Iverson hit the shot, and stepped over Lue on his way back down the court, and appeared to do so with plenty of disdain.
This happened 14 years ago today, and the Sixers commemorated the event by posting 12 separate photos to their Instagram page which, when viewed as a whole, made up the larger portrait of this memorable moment.