Rajon Rondo was expected to get a contract that paid him the maximum amount and the trade from the Boston Celtics to the Dallas Mavericks was supposed to solidify his case for the contract. That only made things worse, as Rondo and Mavericks head coach Rick Carisle didn’t get along, leading to Rondo not even getting his game checks from the playoffs.
The Rondo fallout in Dallas has made his value on the open market this Summer drop significantly. Teams are now not likely to give Rondo the maximum contract he is seeking, which means he will likely have to take an offer no where close to that. One team that is intersted in Rondo’s services are the Sacramento Kings now, as they are considered ‘dark horse’ candidates for Rondo.
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.
Rondo averaged 8.9 points, 7.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds between the Mavericks and Celtics last season.
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