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Rajon Rondo set to meet with Nets

Kimani Okearah

Many Kings fans are watching Rajon Rondo's free agency with quite a lot of interest, whether they want him back or not.  Rondo had a bounce back year with the Kings last year, at least statistics wise, and is now parlaying that into a new, longer-term contract.  It was expected that the Knicks would be one of the more aggressive suitors, but their trade for Derrick Rose seemingly nullified that.

Rondo could still be heading to the Big Apple regardless, as there seems to be mutual interest between him and the Brooklyn Nets.  Per Brian Lewis of the New York Post, the Nets are the first team to land a meeting with Rondo.  Brooklyn recently waived guard Jarrett Jack to free up even more cap space.  Jack was the only Point Guard on Brooklyn's roster, meaning they have an even more dire need at the position than Sacramento does.

It's unknown what type of contract would be needed to sign Rondo, but given the dearth of quality PGs in this year's Free Agent market, I would expect him to get a longer term deal that would probably more than double his annual salary of $9.5 million that he signed last year with Sacramento.

Rondo averaged 11.9 points, 11.9 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2 steals a game in 35.2 minutes a game last year for the Kings.  He also shot a career-best 36.5% from three point range.  Defensively he was a mess, as were the Kings.  He's definitely still got a ton of talent, and they're may not be a better passer in the entire NBA.  But is what he brings to the table enough for Sacramento to invest in him for the long term? I'm not sure I want to find out.