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Where Does Rajon Rondo Go From Here?

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There’s been plenty of unique – yeah, let’s call them unique – players through the years at Kentucky. There’s been numerous personalities that we as fans have loved, gotten frustrated with or flat out didn’t like. However, the one person who may have made people feel all three ways is none other than Rajon Rondo.

Well, that has stuck with Rondo during his NBA career as well, even as the starting point guard on an NBA title team with the Boston Celtics. Now, Rondo is going to have to find his third team in a year as Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Rondo will never suit up in a Mavericks jersey again.

That video was from earlier in the year, but yeah, you get the idea of Rondo and Carlisle’s relationship. They make Louisville fans and Matt Jones look like best friends. Rondo played just 34 seconds in the second half during Dallas’ loss in Game 2 against the Rockets. In those 34 seconds he picked up two personal fouls and a technical.

So, the question is, what happens now to a guy who was once regarded as ‘next’ when talking about point guards. He’s not longer regarded a top-10 point guard, let alone a top-5 point guard as he gets ready to hit free agency this summer. Well, here are three destinations to keep an eye on if you want to follow a former Wildcat in the NBA.

Los Angeles Lakers

It’s been long rumored that Rondo will end up in a Lakers jersey as Kobe has been recruiting him for quite some time. This would be fun for Kentucky fans – those that like Rondo that is – as Julius Randle would have another Wildcat finding him in the open floor.

New York Knicks

Could two more Kentucky players end up as teammates if Karl-Anthony Towns is drafted by his hometown Knicks and Rondo joins him in the Big Apple? It’s certainly possible as rumors swirled earlier in the year that Rondo would be a popular target for the Knicks in free agency. After all, they won’t have a ton of cap space thanks to the Carmelo deal, but Rondo should come at a discounted rate thanks to his recent actions.

Houston Rockets

I’m starting to notice a trend here. There’s a lot of former Kentucky players in the NBA. If Rondo goes to the Rockets, he’ll be teaming up with another big personality at Kentucky in Terrence Jones. Now, Jones is obviously more beloved by Big Blue Nation -not saying Rondo isn’t, but that 2012 title team will live in Kentucky lore – but he was known to throw a temper tantrum or two during his time in Kentucky.

Whatever happens to Rondo, we wish him the best of luck as he tries to prove to everyone that he still is the talented point guard many thought he was just a couple of years ago.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

4 Comments for Where Does Rajon Rondo Go From Here?

  1. jonthes
    9:55 pm April 24, 2015 Permalink

    Rondo ruined Tubby’s tenure at UK, the falling off directly attributable to him – as was the losses to Mich. St. and UConn in the tournament. Good riddance. Let him take his act to China.

  2. DelrayCat
    1:27 am April 25, 2015 Permalink

    You know I just don’t get it. By all practical measures, Rondo is above average intelligence and certainly has some business sense. But how in the world could a sane “professional” simply cost himself so much money by being such a knucklehead. I mean there are only a handful of players in the history of the NBA who have so openly bucked the “system”. Regardless of his supposed intellect, he is not very bright. He’s cost himself TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS with his insubordination is a situation where his team WAS GONNA GET SWEPT ANYWAY!! F-ing idiot.

  3. huck
    2:44 am April 25, 2015 Permalink

    I have enjoyed watching him play, but it may be time for him to hang it up. I am a EKY guy and lived a life where there wasn’t much place for bs – and something has been dragging from him – since we knew about him.

    He may have some respect for Kobe, but I will guess, not enough to shut up. He kinda reminds me of a dumb ass that is better than most but not smart enough to know that he is still a “dumb ass”. Could be he thinks relentlessness gives him extra points in the smart category.

    What ever…. I think he may be better off if he hangs up the team sport thing and gets measured with something stand alone. That way we can all see and appreciate how great he is.

  4. msnthrop
    8:19 am April 25, 2015 Permalink

    I could see him signing a short deal with the Bucks…Michael Carter Williams is not very good…Coach Jason Kidd had a similar approach when he was playing and could potentially connect with Rondo at some psychic level reserved for difficult point guards…and Rondo might not want to take less than he thinks he is worth, especially with the salary cap set to rise significantly in 2017…a one year show me deal somewhere less than 8mil could make sense…I doubt after his display in the playoffs a big market team is going to sign him long term…