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Rajon Rondo to the Kings might actually happen


Rajon Rondo is still on the market, but according to some recent reports, not for long. Yesterday, ESPN reported that the Sacramento Kings requested a meeting with Rondo and last night, the Kings traded Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas, and Jason Thompson to the Philadelphia 76ers to free up some cap room to go after Rondo, Wesley Matthews, and Monta Ellis.

The interest is reportedly mutual, with SI’s Chris Mannix reporting that Rondo wants $10 million for a one-year contract after a rocky year in Boston and Dallas; however, is Sacramento the right fit? The Kings are already a dumpster fire, and adding Rondo would likely only fan the flames. Rondo is a notoriously difficult teammate, George Karl a notoriously difficult coach, and DeMarcus Cousins a notoriously big personality. Get Karl out of the picture and it gets a little easier, but could Rondo and Cousins coexist? That could either be amazing or awful. At the very least, entertaining.

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15 responses to “Rajon Rondo to the Kings might actually happen”

  1. amirite

    rondo, wcs and cousins ? could they pick a more polarizing trio?

  2. David8577

    Just thinking about Rondo makes me tired.

  3. asdf

    I can’t see Karl remaining there long. How can a coach try unsuccessfully to have a player traded in such a publicly-known fashion and then coach that player again?

    1. J-Dub421

      Not only that, but if Karl can’t co-exist with just Boogie, how can he possibly handle Boogie and Rondo??

  4. What The

    Strangely, I want to see this happen.

  5. shemp

    i don’t think anyplace is a good fit for rondo.

    1. cracka

      sadly agree with this, I see Sacramento throwing away $10m, but will hold out hope it works out

  6. exiledfan

    I expect a real, physical fight at some point this season.

  7. ClutchCargo

    Dallas and Rondo should have been a great fit except for his terrible attitude. I fail to see how Sacramento + Rondo would be anything but a disaster, but I hope something works out for him.

  8. This Ain't Your Office

    Rondo has to his credit an NBA championship, 4 all-star appearances, 2 years as the NBA assists leader and was on a Mavericks team that won more games in his one season than each of the 3 previous seasons. Does that sound like a bad teammate? Moody? Yep. Prima Donna? Absolutely. Winner? Inarguably. Does he make the players around him better? See previous stats. Did Dennis Rodman’s antics distract his team and prevent championships? This isn’t politics around the water cooler. I give two poops whether or not “I wasn’t a good athlete so I write sports articles” guys would want to play with Rondo. Check around the league and there are countless guys who would be thrilled to have Rondo running their offense. NBA players want to win. Rondo has an exemplary record of making teams better. Whether or not he makes a good dinner guest for the guys who pad their stats thanks to his incredible ability to dish is immaterial. If you can find a single championship team in any sport that didn’t have at least one brooding, prickly player…well I won’t make a promise because you won’t find one. Popularity contests don’t win championships.

    1. Texas Cat Fan 54

      Did you even watch Rondo play for the Mavs at all? I’m a Mavs fan, so I watch every game I can. The Mavs made the playoffs despite Rondo, not because of him. The offense was way worse with Rondo in the game, and defense (the reason Dallas traded for him in the first place) was only marginally better. Not to mention his abysmal jump shooting and free throws. As a Mavs fan and a Kentucky fan, I really wanted Rondo to be a good fit with Dallas, but he has a horrible attitude and thinks he knows better than one of the top 5 coaches in the league. I couldn’t be happier he won’t be in Dallas next season.

  9. Rondo is done

    Cousins won’t put up with sh*t from anyone, hope Rondo realizes that.

  10. This Ain't Your Office

    Oddly enough you admit the Maverick’s defensive efficiency rating improved with Rondo over the previous two seasons. While not markedly better any improvement would seem to make the point that Rondo actually wasn’t at the root of the Dallas defensive woes. Keep in mind the team’s offensive efficiency was better than in two of three prior seasons and was fifth in the league during Rondo’s one year. Is it just possible that a floundering franchise found a scapegoat in the surly guard? Despite having a “top five coach” the Mavericks managed to lose in the first round of the playoffs in two of the previous three seasons and didn’t even make the playoffs in the third. Again there was no drop-off with Rondo on the team and again there are plenty of players and teams interested in signing him. Brad Stevens called Rondo a great player to coach while Rondo called Stevens a great leader. Whose word do I take? With diametrically opposed positions I’ll have to stick with stats and records. Something Dallas fans should do before dumping blame on Rondo’s shoulders. The truth is Dallas just hasn’t been a very good team for the last four seasons. If the Mavs organization and fans are comfortable and delusional enough to pinpoint Rondo as the reason more power to them. Well that and more mediocre seasons.

    1. P.S.

      This is in response to Texas Cat Fan. Sorry.

    2. Texas Cat Fan 54

      The Mavs also signed Tyson Chandler and Al-Farouq Aminu who were great on defense last year. Sure, maybe I can’t put ALL the blame on Rondo (although I still say he was the main source of Dallas’ problems last season), but that also means you can’t give him all the credit for Dallas’ marginal (at best) defensive improvement. The fact is, defense has long been a weak point for the Mavs, while offense has been a real strength. If you look at offensive production, the Dallas was one of the top 2 scoring teams between October and December when they traded for Rondo. After that, Dallas hovered around 9-15 in average scoring until benching Rondo in April, when they shot back up to #1. Opposing scoring was ranked 25 every month of the season despite Rondo and his defense.

      Honestly, if you didn’t watch the games, you don’t know how he played. You didn’t watch him throw a temper tantrum on the court against the Raptors when he was pulled for ignoring Rick Carlisle. You didn’t watch his last game in the playoffs against the Rockets when he absolutely quit on his team. Like I said in my last post, even though I’m a Kentucky fan and want to see former Cats do well, especially when they play for my NBA team, I couldn’t be happier that Rondo won’t be in Dallas anymore. And if you talked to any other Mavericks fans (or frankly anyone who knows anything about the NBA), they would tell you the same. If other teams want to take a look at him or sign him, more power to them, but don’t be surprised if more rumors about him being a cancer in the locker room follow.