Posted December 17, 2013

Celtics reportedly talking Rajon Rondo deal with Kings

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News of Rajon Rondo's possible departure for Sacramento comes days after he was cleared for full-contact practice. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Rajon Rondo’s possible departure comes days after he was cleared for full-contact practice. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics reportedly have a “huge deal in the mix” that centers on Rajon Rondo heading to the Sacramento Kings, according to a report Tuesday from NBCSN basketball analyst Donny Marshall, who said the All-Star point guard is “likely a goner.”

The Kings, who landed swingman Rudy Gay in a deal with the Toronto Raptors earlier this month, currently feature a backcourt of 5-foot-9 point guard Isaiah Thomas and rookie Ben McLemore, two players Sacramento would likely have to send to Boston in a potential deal (along with other players and multiple draft picks).

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News of Rondo’s possible departure comes days after the 27-year-old was cleared for full-contact practice for the first time this season after undergoing surgery last February to repair a torn ACL. He is due to make $12 million this season and $13 million next season before he becomes a free agent in summer 2015. In his 38 appearances last season before going down with the injury, Rondo averaged 13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 37 minutes per game. He is due to return to game-action in January.

The Celtics, who are looking to rebuild, currently have the Brooklyn Nets’ 2014 first-round pick from the deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn this past offseason. Boston is also reportedly involved in talks to land Houston Rockets center Omer Asik.

Dec. 15 marked the first day of the season that teams can trade free agents signed during this past offseason. The NBA deadline for all trades this season is Feb. 20.

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11 comments
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

If i am a Kings fan I m excited and appreciative of what the new ownership is trying to accomplish with making splashes. the worrisome part is that they over due it and wind up with expensive average to above averge talent and remain near the bottom of the playoff races rather than at the top.

mike202
mike202

I heard Rondo was on suicide a watch.  

juniorkelly
juniorkelly

Ainge need to get traded based on his horrible trading records, from Kendrick Perkins et al

slickwilly
slickwilly

This begs the question "What did Rondo do that was so terrible in Boston' eyes to deserve being traded to the Sacramento Kings?". I mean, Good God, the Sacramento Kings! Is that how you treat a guy who was crucial to two Finals appearances and one championship?

jopomp2
jopomp2

@juniorkelly "Horrible trading record"????  What ARE YOU talking about.  Ainge sends Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff ( injured at the time) Telfair and a first-round pick for Kevin Garnett.  Results in Ray Allen coming to Boston in a trade with Seattle for the #5 pick in the 06 draft (Green)....end result.....'07 championship and almost a couple of others.  Perkins to OK for essentially Jeff Green.....who is the more significant part of the rebuilding plan ?  Come on.  An over the hill Garnett, Pierce and Terry to Brooklyn for three first round drafts choices.  Hated to see those guys leave the Green, but who wants to wait another 22 years or so for a championship team.  Ainge is a great evaluator of talent......the trading record speaks for itself.

BillMcLaughlin
BillMcLaughlin

@slickwillyRondo, a great player no doubt, has a big mouth and is likely causing problems in the locker room. Ainge won't stand for that and is making a trade while he can with whomever he can. A change of scenery is Rondo's best chance of keeping his career on the upward path. Right now he will only be more of the Diva he has been and the Celtics who with all the draft picks coming up need to rebuild and Rondo is perfect trade bait to perennial suckers like the Kings.

JayTaylor
JayTaylor

@slickwillyIf true, Ainge will show his true colors and send a clear message about loyalty to the league's talent.


dt
dt

@JayTaylor @slickwilly He's already shown it.  Trading Pierce and KG put the nail in that coffin.  My question is who is he going to get?  This team is missing 1 athletic center and 1 real PG away from being a good team.