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Report: Kings aggressively pursuing Rajon Rondo


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.

Report: Kings shopping Rudy Gay, trying to create cap space to sign Rajon Rondo

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DeMarcus Cousins is the Kings’ big priority.

But they’re also trying to figure out Rudy Gay, their No. 6 pick and Rajon Rondo.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

For now, the Kings are pursuing trade scenarios for everyone on the roster, including talented forward Rudy Gay, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Sacramento officials believe it will be difficult to find a trade partner that can give the Kings the value it wants for Cousins – and has a better chance to find a deal for Gay, sources said.

Ranadive doesn’t want to rebuild with a move into a new arena on the horizon, and Karl is chasing Don Nelson’s all-time NBA career victories record. Karl’s interest isn’t in cultivating long-term assets, but rather compiling as many victories as possible in the near future.

Most teams trying to trade into the lottery believe the Kings are determined to package the sixth overall pick to bring back veteran talent.

Sacramento is motivated to find a way to create more salary-cap space with possible deals, something that the Kings will need to pursue Dallas Mavericks free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo, league sources said. The Kings and Rondo have a mutual interest, with Rondo intrigued with the idea of a potential one-year deal in Sacramento that could help to rebuild his league-wide value, sources said.

The Kings project to have about $8.6 million in cap room, using data from Basketball Insiders. That should be enough to sign Rondo. He’s 29, coming off a disastrous stint in Dallas and playing in a league closer than ever to its saturation point with good point guards. Paying any more – especially on a one-year deal that gives Rondo the leverage if he bounces back – seems foolish.

As does trading the No. 6 pick for a veteran if the goal is increase cap space (whether it’s for Rondo or someone else).

The No. 6 pick will have a cap number of $2,831,900. Find an equally valuable veteran who makes so little. I’ll wait.

Gay, about to begin a three-year, $40 million extension, should have some value around the league. But I doubt anyone is banging down Sacramento’s door to get him.

It seems the Kings are being pulled in several directions at once – which they probably won’t handle well.

LeBron James commits eight-second violation against minimal pressure (video)

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Maybe it was fatigue. Maybe it was playing the unfamiliar position of point center. Maybe it was an aberration.

Whatever the reason, LeBron James pulled a Rajon Rondo with this eight-second violation.

Credit Klay Thompson a little for applying pressure in the backcourt, but this one is most on LeBron.

Rumor: LaMarcus Aldridge visits Boston


Remember last summer, when Kevin Love was spotted in Boston hanging out with Rajon Rondo and going to Red Sox games, which clearly indicated that he was going to play for the Celtics in the near future? Well, we might have a similar situation on our hands with arguably the top player available in free agency this summer, LaMarcus Aldridge.

Via Red’s Army, Aldridge was recently spotted in Boston’s Logan International Airport. Someone even got a photo, which you can see here.

This photo and Aldridge’s visit likely mean nothing, but the idea of Aldridge signing with the Celtics makes a lot of sense if he decides to leave Portland. He’d be going to the Eastern Conference, meaning he’ll have a much easier path to the playoffs than battling through the tough West. He’d indisputably be the face of the franchise, a title he’s had to share his whole career with either Brandon Roy or Damian Lillard. Boston needs a big man badly, and they’ll have max cap space. They’re a team on the upswing, having made the playoffs this season with a promising rookie guard in Marcus Smart and a highly regarded coach in Brad Stevens.

The team that has most often been linked to Aldridge as he prepares for free agency is the Spurs, and it’s hard to top their organization and track record. But that space won’t be open unless Tim Duncan retires, which is far from a sure thing. If Aldridge looks to leave the Blazers, Boston will definitely be a player.

Report: Sacramento Kings ‘a darkhorse location’ for Rajon Rondo in free agency

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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.

Dallas didn’t even give Rondo a playoff share, which shows the level of distaste the organization felt for him in the brief time he was there.

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.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

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.