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The persistent Rajon Rondo to Sacramento rumor
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On June 25, 2014 @ 8:54 am In General | No Comments
The once strange Rajon Rondo  to Sacramento rumors continue to persist, and the latest development makes more sense than any previous narrative.
According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein , the Kings and Pistons have discussed a deal that would pair Josh Smith with Rudy Gay  and DeMarcus Cousins  in the Sactown backcourt. So, what does that have to do with the Celtics  point guard?
The hope, at least from Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro‘s standpoint, may be to leverage longtime friends Smith and Gay as recruiting coordinators in convincing the C’s captain to sign a long-term contract with a team that has not made the playoffs since 2006. Smith, Gay and Rondo all have openly discussed their desire to play with each other at various points over the last few years.
Sacramento’s interest in Rondo is nothing new. In February, the Kings and Celtics reportedly discussed a trade that would send Rondo packing in exchange for a package including Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas  and a pair of picks.
Thomas is a restricted free agent, so he could still be included in a sign-and-trade, and the possibility of adding last year’s No. 7 overall pick (McLemore), Sacto’s No. 8 pick this season and a future pick is an increasingly intriguing haul should C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge not land Kevin Love  and instead deal Rondo.
While Rondo’s impact as a four-time NBA All-Star point guard isn’t reflected in this past season’s statistics, a look at the numbers for the principle pieces in this trade scenario isn’t as lopsided as one might think.
Considering the Celtics would also receive Sacramento’s No. 8 pick, Ainge would have to strongly consider this deal should he choose rebuilding over reloading. Adding Thomas, McLemore, their own No. 6 selection (Joel Embiid?) and No. 8 (Julius Randle?) to the existing young core would be a step in the right direction on the long road ahead.
The bigger question is whether the Kings can pull off the necessary moves to convince Rondo to stay in Sacramento. While it comes as no surprise Stan Van Gundy  is shopping Smith’s contract (3 years, $40.5 million) after assuming Detroit’s coaching and player personnel duties, DraftExpress analyst Jonathan Givony suggested talks between the Pistons and Kings are “dead .” Thus, the rumored Rondo deal becomes a larger obstacle, considering the Kings would have a harder time convincing him to sign an extension without Smith in place.
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 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11130490/detroit-pistons-sacramento-kings-discussing-josh-smith-trade
 Rudy Gay: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rudy-gay.htm
 DeMarcus Cousins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/demarcus-cousins.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Isaiah Thomas: http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm
 Derrick Williams: http://media.weei.com/basketball/derrick-williams.htm
 Jason Terry: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jason-terry.htm
 Kevin Love: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm
 Stan Van Gundy: http://media.weei.com/basketball/stan-van-gundy.htm
 dead: https://twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/481546074453061634
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