NBA Free Agency: Brooklyn Nets to Meet With Rajon Rondo

Mar 27, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks to pass against the Dallas Mavericks in the our quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 133-111. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY.
Mar 27, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks to pass against the Dallas Mavericks in the our quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 133-111. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY. /

The Brooklyn Nets are interested in signing guard Rajon Rondo in free agency, and the team will reportedly have a meeting with Rondo to make their pitch.

At this point, its well-known that the Brooklyn Nets would be interested in signing free agent point guard Rajon Rondo. The Nets are expected to make a few moves with their ample cap space, and Rondo could very well be one of them.

Brooklyn’s brass is taking the first step towards making that happen, as the New York Post reported on Thursday that the Nets and Rondo’s camp will hold a meeting once free agency starts.

Rondo is one of a few players the Nets have been linked to over the past few days. Others include Jeremy Lin, and most recently Kent Bazemore. However, the fact that the Nets were able to secure a meeting with Rondo shows the interest is reciprocated on the point guard’s end.

According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Brooklyn Nets are considered the favorites to sign Rajon Rondo once free agency begins July 1.

"“The Brooklyn Nets are said to be the front-runners in the Rajon Rondo sweepstakes, mainly because they’ll go up to the max to sign him. As crazy as that sounds, there just are not that many starting-caliber point guards in the marketplace and the Nets do not want to be left without a point guard.”"

The Nets were linked to Derrick Rose trade speculations, until the Chicago Bulls traded the former MVP to the New York Knicks for Robin Lopez. Sean Marks and the Nets drafted former Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead and signed former Indiana guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell. However, the franchise still lacks a veteran point guard. One option could be a player who has won an NBA championship, Rajon Rondo.

According to reports and rumors, Rondo is intrigued with the idea of joining the Brooklyn Nets. He has been one of the most productive point guards in the NBA. For many seasons, the criticisms to his game have been well documented. His below-average shooting ability combined with knocks against his personality.

In 2014-15, the basketball world was well-aware of his clashes with Rick Carlisle as a Dallas Maverick, and his reputation for having a somewhat unique personality with coaches and teammates goes back to his days as a Boston Celtic. 

Rondo spent only one season as a Sacramento King. Although the dysfunction within the Kings organization can’t be solely blamed on him, it’s obvious that each team he has played for in the NBA has involved some sort of drama, directing it back to him.


Besides the personality, Rondo is coming off his best season. In 2015-16, he shot a career best  of 37% from the three-point line. He was an outside shooting threat for the first time in his 10-year career. Rondo never topped 32 percent before this season. Rondo attempted 170 shots from downtown last season. His previous career high was 90.

However, he shot only 58 percent from the free throw line last season. His career average from the charity stripe is about 61 percent, so his shooting didn’t improv across the spectrum. 

The improvement of Rondo’s perimeter shooting will make him more valuable, regardless of which team he goes to. He’s highly touted as a point guard with his ability to pass the ball and rebound as a guard. Rondo has led the NBA in assists per game 3 separate times, including this past season.

Rondo has a career average of 8.7 in assists, which is 8th all time in league history. To put it into perspective, six players ahead of him on that list are in the NBA Hall of Fame. The other two are still active in the league, John Wall and Chris Paul. 

Throughout his career, Rondo has been a triple double machine waiting to happen. In 2015-16, he ranked in the top-five in the NBA last season with 6 (3rd overall). Rondo has tallied 28 total for his career, ranking 12th all time in league history.

The good thing about the former Celtic is that he can play on both ends, offense and defense. Rondo has made two NBA All-Defensive First Teams and two All-NBA Defensive Second Teams in his career.

He may not live up to his defense abilities from four or five years ago, but he can be relied upon to provide perimeter defense against a very deep point guard regime. The main reason of not pursuing Rondo is the baggage he brings regarding his past clashes with former teammates and coaches.

The Brooklyn Nets desperately need a point guard, the perfect environment for Rondo’s personality tendencies may be another team that possesses great leadership and togetherness from teammates.

It’s likely that Rondo will want to win right away, going to a team that will provide him that for the next 4-6 years, but it wouldn’t hurt for Sean Marks to make an offer.

The Nets are in dire need of a point guard. Money does talk. Rajon Rondo might be worth it, but maybe not at the max. Based on a $94 million salary cap and the fact Rondo is a 10-year veteran, a max contract for him starts at $30.8 million, equaling to about $140 million over four years. 

That would be nearly 60 percent of the Nets cap space for 2016-17.

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Rondo enjoyed plenty of success early in his career, and won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008. Rondo is a four-time All Star, but his career has fallen off a bit over the past few years. After Rondo left Boston, his stint with the Dallas Mavericks infamously didn’t go well, and the Sacramento Kings continued to wallow in dysfunction during Rondo’s one season in California’s capital. In Rondo’s defense, though, the Kings’ issues were largely out of Rondo’s control, as the franchise eventually changed head coaches once again.

On a personal level, Rondo played in 72 games last season, starting each of them. He averaged a double-double — 11.9 points and 11.7 assists per game — and his assists per game tied a career high that Rondo set in 2011-12.

Rondo would give the Nets an established, accomplished point guard in the NBA. The 2016-17 season will be Rondo’s age 30 season, but he still has plenty of good basketball left in him. The Nets can easily sign Rondo and make other moves, as according to Yahoo! Brooklyn has more than $46 million in cap space this offseason.

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Free agency is always an exciting time, and the Nets could play a factor, as the team has money to spend. With free agency about to get underway, the rumors will continue to fly as it pertains to the Nets. If the first part of Brooklyn’s plan comes to fruition, the meeting with Rondo would ideally end with an agreement on contract terms in place.