Vlade Divac says Kings ‘stole’ Rajon Rondo in free agency

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The Sacramento Kings had a tough time getting free agents to take their money this summer. But one of them didn’t have much of a choice.

At least three separate players reportedly turned down more money from the Kings in order to play somewhere else, mainly due to the dysfunction the organization has been mired in over the past several months.

Rajon Rondo, however, happily took a one-year deal worth $9.5 million to sign in Sacramento. It was an overpay by any reasonable standard given the way things ended in Dallas, along with his diminished level of production.

Vlade Divac, of course, sees things differently, and believes he got quite a deal in grabbing the point guard who has four All-Star appearances on his résumé.

It’s hard to steal something that no one else wants.

Rondo’s game, when combined with his behavior, wasn’t worth nearly what the Kings were willing to pay, even as a one-year risk. He could ultimately prove the doubters wrong by playing well and making the pieces in Sacramento fit, but for now just about everyone around the league will wisely reserve judgment.