When Rajon Rondo signed with the Sacramento Kings he had one thing and that is to show everyone that he is healthy and now that free agency is just around the corner rumors are swirling around the NBA that Rondo is in the mix and he might sign with the New York Knicks.
Rondo signed a one- year contract with the Kings worth $9.5 million, however, as Rondo is asking for a maximum contract, the Kings might not be able to give in to his request and might let go of him for next season. This summer Rondo becomes an unrestricted free agent and according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe the Kings are willing to cut a deal with Rondo but if other teams would offer higher than they have no other choice but to cut ties with him.
“The latest scuttlebutt is that the Kings are prepared to cut bait with Rajon Rondo if the bidding for him gets beyond a certain threshold that is lower than we might imagine, given the Kings’ recent transaction history,” Lowe writes.
Rondo has proven his worth with the Kings as the four-time All-Star point guard scored six triple-doubles and finished with a league-best 11.7 assists per game. However, these numbers didn’t help the Kings get to the post season as well.
If negotiations with the Kings turn out sour, Rondo could sign up with either the New York Knicks or Memphis Grizzlies. With the Knicks, Rondo could give a stabilized playmaker and with incoming head coach Jeff Hornacek, who also played a point guard during his time in the NBA.
With Rondo in the Knicks roster, he could space out plays that would open Carmelo Anthony and even create plays for Kristaps Porziņģis inside the paint as Rondo is also known to drive and dish out to involve big men. Aside from the Knicks, Rondo could also possibly sign up with the Memphis Grizzlies.
It is highly speculated according to Yibada that top free agent point guard Mike Conley may leave the Grizzlies due to Dave Joerger’s departure and that will leave them with a hole at the point guard spot. Rondo could try Memphis and not the New York Knicks where he would be forced to run the triangle offense. Thus, let the bidding wars begin.
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