Before the Celtics traded him to the Mavericks, it seemed Rajon Rondo had one foot out the door.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were swarming, but once Boston – who feared Rondo leaving as an unrestricted free agent – traded Rondo to Dallas, he said the Mavericks were in the driver’s seat to sign him.
Still, Kobe didn’t relent. The Lakers reportedly remained interested as of a few weeks ago.
At this point, with Rondo’s situation in Dallas devolving by the day, it’s worth looking back to Rondo’s approach in Boston.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
When Rondo realized his run with the Celtics was over this year, he planned to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. He expected a maximum contract.
As long as the coach is back, Rondo’s gone, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Carlisle will be back, so I guess Rondo is gone. Carlisle apparently sees it the same way.
So, once again, attention turns to the Lakers.
If he panned to sign with them before, I can’t see why that still wouldn’t be the case now. Rondo remains respectful of Kobe, and other suitors will likely back off due to this disastrous run in Dallas.
The Lakers should back off, too, but this could come down to how deferential they are to Kobe. If Kobe wants Rondo, would they say no? What if Rondo still wants a max contract?
Rondo still belongs in the NBA, but the right price is far, far below a max contract. The Lakers – and all teams – should proceed with caution.
I believe Rajon Rondo is done with the Mavericks. You believe Rajon Rondo is done with the Mavericks.
But when Rick Carlisle believes the same thing – and says it publicly – it reaches another level.
Rondo is dealing with some combination of a back injury and poor play, and Dallas is down 2-0 to the Rockets. With Chandler Parsons done for the playoffs, the Mavericks will be done sooner than later.
That doesn’t give Rondo much time to fix all that ails him, which Carlisle recognizes.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
To some degree, this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Carlisle, who feuded with Rondo earlier in the season, doesn’t exactly sound like he wants Rondo back. The proud Rondo might not want to return for a coach who doesn’t want him.
And before either side gets a chance to make amends, Dallas’ season ends, and Rondo becomes a free agent.
We’ve been headed this direction for a while. Carlisle is just done keeping up pretenses.
Murphy’s Law is hitting the Dallas Mavericks hard.
They are down 0-2 to the Houston Rockets in their first round playoff matchup. Rajon Rondo is now out indefinitely because
he is a terrible fit with their team has a back injury and is seeking a second medical opinion on it.
Now this: Chandler Parsons is out for the rest of the playoffs with a right knee injury and is exploring surgical options, the team has announced.
There is no timetable on Parsons or word if he can return by the start of next season.
Parsons was the big free agent the Mavericks poached from the Rockets last summer. Also, he was key for them in this series — he’s the guy who could spend time guarding James Harden and, more importantly, make Harden expend energy on the defensive end. Parsons played 36 minutes in the series opener and had 10 points, but wasn’t the factor Dallas needed him to be.
It feels like the end is coming for Dallas sooner rather than later in this first round series.