ESPN Boston reporter Jackie MacMullan, who is a regular panelist on ESPN talk show “Around the Horn,” said in a behind-the-scenes conversation recorded by the show last week that Rondo has told the Celtics he wants out.
The problem, as MacMullan says, is that the Celtics would not be able to get good value for him in return. She mentions the Kings as a possible trade partner, but says Rondo told Sacramento he would never re-sign with them. They also mention the Knicks, but New York doesn’t have much to offer.
Rondo is set to earn $12.9 million next season and will be a free agent after that. In an interview with The Boston Globe back in July, Rondo indicated he was looking forward to exploring free agency.
“It just depends,” Rondo said about his free agency plans. “I don’t know if I’m going to do 10 teams. I may do a lot. I don’t know. It’s kind of like college all over again, with recruiting, only times 50 because they have a ton of money to throw at the guys and they don’t have any restrictions on what they can do. No [NCAA] rules.
It might just make sense for the Celtics to trade him rather than lose him in free agency.