Tag: Rajon Rondo

NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

Report: Doc Rivers interested in signing Kendrick Perkins to Clippers


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.

Report: Kings aggressively pursuing Rajon Rondo

Dallas Mavericks v New Orleans Pelicans

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

Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

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.