Apparently, the Sacramento Kings are willing to sell the farm if it means bringing All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the west coast. However, it looks like the Boston Celtics aren’t letting go of the face of their franchise so easy. In fact, the Kings might be better kicking the tires on another point guard on the free agent market.
On Monday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge reportedly denied a trade offer from the Kings that would have send guards Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore along with two undisclosed draft picks to the Celtics for Rondo. Keep in mind that Rondo is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 NBA campaign. So let me get this straight: Boston is turning down the rights to two electric guards and at least two draft picks for less than a year and a half of Rondo’s services?
Something doesn’t sound right.
Sure, Thomas isn’t exactly a sure thing at the point guard spot, but the Celtics are currently 19-35, which means they could use a couple of players under the age of 25. Thomas and McLemore both would have brought a level of excitement to Beantown. Heck, McLemore was a top-seven draft pick as recent as July! Moreover, the Celtics will soon look back at this denied trade offer with a feeling of regret.
One last wrinkle to this story is the rumor that Rondo would have not signed an extension with the Kings had he been traded. This news might be bigger than the denied trade itself, considering any team looking to trade for Rondo will want him to sign a long-term deal. Let’s see if the Celtics can find a trade partner that Rondo feel comfortable with, or if the Celtics are just kicking the tires with no real intent on dealing their star point guard.