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Report: Rajon Rondo agrees to one-year, $9.5 million deal with Sacramento Kings


DeMarcus Cousins. Rajon Rondo. George Karl. All in the same locker room for an NBA season.

Welcome to the Sacramento Kings, who had gone hard after Rondo since July 1 and on Friday they got their man. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports was first with the news.

This has been confirmed by other sources, with the salary being set at $9.5 million.

Rondo was a complete train wreck after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks last season.

Rondo is a high IQ player, a gifted passer and a plus defender (although his defense is not near as good as its reputation). But it his shot that is the problem, here is his shot chart from last season:


On the Kings, defenders will sag off Rondo as he goes over the pick and work to clog the lane — don’t let Cousins do his work in the paint, make Rondo (and Rudy Gay) beat you with jumpers. (To be fair, the Kings did add Marco Belinelli.) If the Kings try to play offensively-limited rookie Willie Cauley-Stein along with Cousins, it just makes things that much more crowded in the paint. And if you think Rondo is there to help push the pace, you should ask Dallas about that (the coaching staff was frustrated with how he slowed the game down).

Off the court, Rondo can be moody, competitive and combative. Rondo couldn’t get along with Doc Rivers in Boston (and everyone likes Doc). Then he melted down during the first round of the playoffs for the Dallas Mavericks and the franchise paid him to go away mid-series. So have fun with that, George Karl.

Rondo is going to Sacramento; the Kings got their man.

And they are going to be very interesting to watch because of it.

It’s only a phone call, but Lakers reportedly talk to Rajon Rondo

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So far, the only serious suitor Rajon Rondo has seen in the wake of his disastrous time in Dallas has been the Sacramento Kings. And after talking to Rondo and hearing his requests, the Kings decided to try and overpay both Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews. (To no avail, Ellis is headed to Indiana and Matthews to Dallas.)

But Rondo’s phone has rung again — the Lakers have touched base, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

I don’t think we can say enough, this is just a phone call. It is nothing more than that right now.

The Lakers have two potentially very good young guards in Jordan Clarkson and the just drafted D’Angelo Russell. While the Lakers keep selling fans on speeding up the rebuild process by landing a superstar, the team remains on track to put together the kind of talented young roster that in a couple years could be attractive to those kinds of free agents. (Although, trading away their pick for next season in the Steve Nash deal certainly slows things down.)

I’m not sure bringing in Rondo helps that process. He and Kobe Bryant may get along because they are both uber competitive, but Rondo’s lack of a reliable jump shot has made him defendable, and his defense is good but not as good as its reputation. Look at it this way: During the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks had better numbers when Raymond Felton was on the court than Rondo.

I don’t think the Lakers are all that serious here. That said, if they could get Rondo on a short deal for less than $7 million a season, they might think about it.

Kings set sights on at least one of Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, Wes Matthews

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The Sacramento Kings made their trade to clear out cap space.

Now the Kings want to put that money to use — they want Monta Ellis. Or Rajon Rondo. Or Wesley Matthews.

The Kings, for all their dysfunction of late, are trying to be players in free agency, according to multiple reports, including Marc Stein at ESPN.

While Sacramento probably doesn’t have enough cap space to sign two of them, it is getting closer after striking a deal with Philadelphia…

The trade should allow the Kings to outbid Indiana for Ellis if they can convince the Dallas Mavericks’ leading scorer from last season to stay in the Western Conference.

The Kings are not the kind of franchise free agents are necessarily drawn to right now, not with DeMarcus Cousins calling coach George Karl a “snake in the grass” on Twitter (using emojis). If the Kings are going to land any of these guys they likely have to overpay, the extra tax of getting them to Sacramento.

The Pacers have emerged as the front-runners to land Ellis, but the Kings are looking for playmakers and Ellis showed in Dallas he was more adept than previously thought at that skill. Ellis worked well in Dallas with shooters around him on the court, the Kings don’t have the same kind of floor spacers, but if they can offer more cash than Indiana they will get Ellis’ attention.

Matthews can space the floor as a shooter, and he has told teams he is not taking a discount coming off Achilles surgery — the price to land him likely starts at $15 million a year. Dallas is considered the front-runner to land Matthews.

Rondo is the oddest case of all — does pairing Cousins, Karl and Rondo seem wise? On the court, Rondo doesn’t have the kind of jump shot that strike fear in the heart of opposing defenders, which can mess with floor spacing. Of late, Rondo’s opponents go under picks and wait for the mistakes. His defense isn’t as good as its reputation. There are not a bunch of teams bidding on Rondo after his disastrous half season in Dallas, the Kings can add him at a fair price. He reportedly still wants $10 million a season, there is no reason to pay that much.

The Kings want to be players, we’ll see if they can land he guys they want.

76ers get Nik Stauskas, first-rounder in salary-dump trade with Kings

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Update: Zach Lowe of Grantland:

This initially looked like a good trade for the 76ers. It’s actually a great trade for the 76ers.

We’ll see just how great once we learn the protections, but in one form or another, Philadelphia wins.


Brett Brown once thought the 76ers would draft Andrew Wiggins and Nik Stauskas and get good.

Instead, Philadelphia wound up with Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, neither of whom played for the team last season.

Better late than never, the 76ers are getting Stauskas. It just took taking Jason Thompson and Carl Landry as a penalty.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Landry is owed $6.5 million each of the next two seasons. A trade kicker will lift Thompson’s salary to $6,752,813 next season, and $2,650,000 of his $6,825,000 salary in 2016-17 is guaranteed.

Sacramento definitely wanted to dump those two, and Philadelphia had room to take them with minimal inconvenience. But the 76ers weren’t doing it just to be nice. They wanted Stauskas.

And the Kings wanted cap space.

Depending exactly where the salary cap falls, they could be looking at up to $25 million in space. They’ve been linked to Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis in free agency. They could also trade for Eric Bledsoe, which would help the Suns clear space to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

The potential definitely exists for Sacramento to significantly upgrade its roster around DeMarcus Cousins.

Of course, this being the Kings, expect them to just increase their offer to Rondo or something silly like that.

Report: Doc Rivers interested in signing Kendrick Perkins to Clippers

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Doc Rivers filled a major hole on the Clippers, signing Paul Pierce.

Rivers, of course, coached Pierce with the Celtics. That didn’t make the signing any better, but it probably helped lure Pierce to Los Angeles (as did L.A. being Pierce’s native city).

Likewise, this wouldn’t be a good signing because Rivers coached Kendrick Perkins. This wouldn’t be a good signing at all.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

Why stop at Perkins?

Kevin Garnett (who has yet to sign anything officially), Rajon Rondo (who’s talking with the Kings) and Ray Allen are also free agents. Get the whole band back together.

At least a few of those players – all but Perkins – would actually help the Clippers.

Perkins, 30, has struggled the last few years and has declined even within that span. He might have intangible and leadership value.

But the Clippers just lost a playoff series because their short bench caused them to ran out of gas. They still have major depth questions, and that’s the optimistic spin. They can’t afford to use a roster spot on Perkins, who’s so limited on the court.