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The Latest on Rajon Rondo, Corey Brewer

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Conversations between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks free agent point guard Rajon Rondo are getting interesting, to say the least. It’s unclear whether that is the good kind of interesting, or the bad kind of interesting, but something is happening behind the scenes.

Ailene Voisin started the morning off by saying that, surprisingly; DeMarcus Cousins was not a fan of Rondo. Cousins had said the complete opposite in an interview with Bill Simmons last year.

I’m not going to put words in anyone’s mouth, or pretend like I know the motives behind a tweet, but that came so out of nowhere that it felt to me like someone was telling Voisin that this Rondo thing may not happen. Telling the fan base that their All-Star center isn’t a fan of the player in question is a good way to justify the non-signing. Again, just idle speculation on my part.

Later, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported the following –

A few things to digest there; first, Rondo wants all of the Kings’ available cap space. Can’t say I’m surprised to hear that. It doesn’t mean he’ll get it, and it doesn’t mean the Kings have to offer it, but the report that Rondo is looking for $10 million is perfectly understandable. Why wouldn’t his agents put that out there?

The part where Mannix mentioned Corey Brewer as a cap space alternative also makes a lot of sense. Brewer played for George Karl in Denver, and certainly fit’s George Karl’s running offensive system. His perimeter defense would also be a welcome addition. It’s not a horrible fit, but Brewer is another player that struggles with his three-point shot. At some point, the Kings are going to need to address that. He’d fill a similar role as Omri Casspi, and if given the choice, I’d take Casspi over Brewer in a heartbeat.

Then, NBA.COM’s David Aldridge weighed in on the Kings pursuit of Rajon Rondo.

I’ve been speculating for most of this post, so why stop now?

This obviously sounds like discussions are starting to cool between the Kings and Rondo. It could also be typical last minute posturing. Rondo says he wants $10 million, Kings say they are looking at other options, and then the two sides eventually meet somewhere in the middle.

Finally, News10’s Sean Cunningham spoke to Rudy Gay at his basketball camp literally minutes ago, and Gay is openly talking about his desire to get Rondo to Sacramento.

It’s hard to say which way this one is heading, but we’ll keep you posted.