What’s Happening With Rondo And Boston?
I’ve lost track of just when all these Rajon Rondo rumors began, but it was quite a while ago now. The Boston Celtics seem to have looked into the possibility of moving Rajon Rondo for the best part of a year now, but still he remains in Beantown.
One of the teams that have seemed most interested in acquiring him throughout that time is the Sacramento Kings, and following a summer that saw the departure of Isaiah Thomas, the desire for Rondo has grown stronger with the fans.
This is the reason why many Kings fans would have been alarmed yesterday if they came across Gary Washburn’s story in the Boston Globe. Reporting on the state of the Celtics’ roster heading into training camp, Washburn reveals:
While the Celtics are trying to figure out ways to clear roster space before training camp, moving Rondo is not a high priority. First off, Rondo will be a free agent next summer and fully intends on taking the LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony tour of teams and extending the negotiation process deep into next summer. It is highly unlikely Rondo would sign an extension this season with an interested team, especially the Sacramento Kings.
So, surely this should be the end of this saga for another 12 months, and the end of this article too, right? Well, not quite.Just because the official line of the Celtics may be that it’s not their top priority to trade him, it doesn’t mean that Rondo isn’t up for grabs for the right offer. Anyone who thinks Rondo’s unwillingness to sign an extension would act as a stumbling block to the Kings should think again.
The Kings were fully prepared to take the risk of signing Kevin Love without a guarantee, and I’m sure Rondo would be no different.
Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive seems anxious to add more talent, and a “name” player to his roster, and seems confident enough in his own ability to convince them to stay once they’re in tow.
What is it that the Kings see in Rondo that they have such a desperate need for though?
Let’s look at three ingredients that the Kings are missing that Rondo can provide.