Does putting Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl in close proximity to each other for an entire NBA season seem like a wise decision?
The Sacramento Kings seem to think so.
Sacramento made one of the first calls to Rajon Rondo and they have gone hard after the free agent point guard, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.
Rondo is very tight with the Kings’ Rudy Gay, who has vocally led his recruitment.
The Kings have looked for another point guard, one who can play the pick-and-roll and run Karl’s up-tempo offense. Rondo is a high IQ player, a gifted passer and a plus defender. His lack of a steady jump shot has held him back.
It’s not on-the-court Rondo that could be a real challenge. It’s the moody, competitive and combative Rondo off the court that seems an odd fit with the other big personalities in Sacramento. 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.
The real question is now many years (two or three is my guess) and how much money does Rondo get at this point. His value has taken a beating. Would the Kings give him $10 million a year? $8 million? $12 million? Or do they think they can get him on he cheap at $7 million or $8 million? At that price this is a good deal.