Rajon Rondo was very honest that he would want to re-sign with the Sacramento Kings but rumors are swirling that he has also expressed interest in the thought of playing with either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets next season.
Rondo signed a one-year contract with the Kings and has basically no team yet as he is an unrestricted free agent. He could listen to offer sheets from other teams such as the Knicks and Nets with the Kings trying to match such offer to be able to keep him on their roster for next season. With the increase in the salary cap for next season, Rondo is looking at the possibility of getting a maximum contract.
As per spotrac, the 11-year veteran has a cap hit of $9.5 million and at age 30, Rondo is looking at a more realistic offer that would suit him and give him secured future before he even considers retirement.
The Kings have already expressed their willingness to bring back Rondo especially after the Knicks got Derrick Rose in a trade. Rondo has been linked with the Knicks, which he openly stated could be his next potential landing spot. But with Rose in the scene, Rondo is now pondering of either staying with the Kings or move to another team such as the Brooklyn Nets.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac stated that Rondo was a huge help for the team with the uncertainty of other point guards such as Seth Curry Darren Collison. Divac is hoping that Rondo would reconsider and stay with the team for another season.
With the Knicks, having Rose on the roster will bolster their scoring department. But, they will still need a steady point guard to orchestrate their offense. Other than this, Jeff Hornacek will have to devise a plan on having both Rose and Carmelo Anthony on the floor at the same time. With Rondo in the mix, he could settle the Knicks offense with his years of experience, but that is if both the Knicks and Rondo agrees on a solid deal when free agency opens up on July 1.
The same could be said with the Nets. General manager Sean Marks knows that they still need to fill up the void in the point guard position. Having drafted two point guards in Thursday’s draft does not yet guarantee that they are out of the woods yet. They need to have a veteran who could develop their rookie guards and that is where Rondo fits in perfectly.
Though nothing is certain yet as teams have until June 30 to make their offer presentations before meeting with players in the free agency market.
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