Rajon Rondo had a bounce-back season in his first year as the starting point guard of the Sacramento Kings. But the latest NBA rumors imply that re-signing Rondo to a new contract is not the top priority of the Kings this offseason.
The 30-year-old signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the Kings last summer and he averaged 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 11.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. However, Sacramento was not able to make the playoffs and the team was very disappointing overall.
The team went 33-49 this season and they missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year. Rondo was one of the lone bright spots on the team following a rough season last year when he was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Dallas Mavericks.
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According to James Ham of CSN Bay Area, Sacramento has “cooled slightly” on signing Rondo to a longer deal this summer. The Kings still have Darren Collison to start at point guard or they can sign a cheaper alternative in free agency.
“The Kings have not completely turned their backs on a possible return, but they are also not going to get into a bidding war for Rondo’s services in a summer when the NBA salary jumps to an estimated $92 million,” Ham wrote.
Sacramento has also hired a new head coach, Dave Joerger to usher in a new era in the Kings organization. HoopsHabit noted that Joerger’s offense may not be suited for Rondo that can cause his stats to drop.
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However, Rondo has formed a bond with Kings superstar center DeMarcus Cousins that could lead to him staying in Sacramento. Nonetheless, the entire organization will have to find ways to become functional following several tumultuous seasons under the ownership of Vivek Ranadive.
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