NBA Rumors: Kings ‘Prepared To Cut Bait’ With Rajon Rondo In Free Agency


May 18, 2016

Rajon Rondo has become a nomad almost overnight.

Rondo, who spent the first eight-plus seasons of his NBA career with the Boston Celtics, could open the 2016-17 campaign with his fourth organization. The 30-year-old point guard is set to become a free agent and, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, it doesn’t sound like the Sacramento Kings are going to overexert themselves to keep the four-time All-Star.

“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 wrote in a piece published after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery.

Rondo was traded from Boston to the Dallas Mavericks in December 2014. He finished last season with the Mavericks before signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Kings, who went 33-49 and missed the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season.

Rondo is coming off his best season from a statistical standpoint since tearing his ACL in January 2013. He averaged 11.9 points, 6 rebounds and an NBA-best 11.7 assists per game in 72 contests.

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