The New York Knicks and free agent point guard Rajon Rondo continue to have mutual interest, according to a report.
ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Sunday that the two sides remain in touch, with the Knicks considering several veteran point guards. New York would likely need to clear cap space to bring Rondo in, but a Carmelo Anthony trade could do that.
Begley notes that Rondo does not have the unanimous backing of Knicks decision-makers, but his work as a mentor in Sacramento and Chicago has been praised, and the Knicks hope to find someone who can help rookie Frank Ntilikina grow.
This is more or less the status quo from a few days ago. While the Knicks may have a few different guards on their radar, Rondo’s name keeps coming up in connection with the team.
The New York Knicks are hoping to groom first-round pick Frank Ntilikina into their point guard of the future, and they are reportedly considering signing Rajon Rondo to mentor the young Frenchman.
The Knicks are exploring options for a veteran point guard, and ESPN’s Ian Begley reports that Rondo has emerged as a “strong” option for them. Rondo has always been considered one of the better passers in the NBA, and the Knicks believe he could help teach Ntilikina the importance of sharing the ball and keeping everyone involved.
Begley notes that there is not consensus among the Knicks organization involving Rondo, as some members are not all that high on the 31-year-old.
The Knicks could still bring back Derrick Rose, but there’s a sense that re-signing him was more likely before Phil Jackson’s departure. Former Utah Jazz point guard Shelvin Mack could also be an option.
New York has also been contacted by the Boston Celtics about a potential Marcus Smart trade, according to Begley. The Celtics need to dump salary now that they’ve signed Gordon Hayward, but the Knicks are rebuilding and probably don’t want to give up any draft picks for someone like Smart.
Rondo is said to be interested in two teams that have a much better chance of contending than the Knicks, but he’ll likely go where the money takes him.
A few more free agents made decisions on Tuesday, and that’s expected to have a domino effect. One such domino to fall next could be Rajon Rondo.
According to a few Los Angeles reporters, Rondo has interest in signing with the Lakers.
Don't expect anything to happen with the Lakers and Rajon Rondo today, per source. But Rondo still very interested in Lakers.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 4, 2017
I'm told Lakers haven't followed up with Rajon Rondo since recent talks. But his camp expects to hear back soon with George Hill off market.
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) July 4, 2017
Rondo was recently waived by the Chicago Bulls. He also is said to have interest in the Clippers. The veteran point guard has also been linked to the Pacers and Knicks.
Rondo, 31, has been with four teams since 2013.
- Rajon Rondo
The Los Angeles Clippers are in need of some help at guard now that Chris Paul has moved on to the Houston Rockets, and Rajon Rondo is one veteran they could take a look at.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com is reporting that Rondo has interest in the Clippers.
Hearing Rajon Rondo would be interested in the Clippers. He likes Los Angeles. Also, he has friends on the team and history with Doc Rivers.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2017
Is the interest mutual? That remains to be seen. Rondo, who was recently waived by the Chicago Bulls, played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston and helped the Celtics win a championship back in 2008. Based on some of the things we heard in the past about Rondo’s relationship with Rivers, you have to wonder if L.A. would want nothing to do with the 31-year-old.
Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game last season. He was arguably Chicago’s best player in its playoff series against the Boston Celtics and led the team to a 2-0 series lead before being sidelined with a fractured thumb.
The breakup of the Chicago Bulls continues in earnest.
The team announced Friday that guards Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan would both be waived, ending their tenure with the team.
Chicago Bulls have waived Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 30, 2017
Rondo is the big story here. The guard would have been due $13.4 million had he remained on the roster past Friday, and by waiving him now, they will only have to pay him off to the tune of $3 million. With Jimmy Butler out the door and the Bulls entering a full-scale rebuild, there was never any reason to keep him on the roster past the Friday deadline.
Rondo averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists per game in his lone season with Chicago, starting only 42 contests.
Attention will shift now to Dwyane Wade, who is a buyout candidate and will have suitors should that happen.
- Rajon Rondo
The Chicago Bulls would like to trade Rajon Rondo, but they have very limited time to accomplish that.
Rondo is set to make $13.4 million in the final year of his deal next season if he remains on the Bulls roster through Friday. However, the Bulls will only have to pay him $3 million if they renounce his rights before the end of the day. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune expects the team to end up doing just that.
Before Jimmy Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Bulls said publicly that they want Rondo back and were planning to exercise his team option. According to Johnson, Chicago tried to include Rondo in some of the Butler trade scenarios but had no luck. Now, the 31-year-old point guard will likely be waived.
Rondo has been included in some recent trade proposals because of the way his contract is structured, including some larger scenarios with Butler before the deal with the Timberwolves materialized. Barring an unexpected trade opportunity materializing Friday, expect Rondo to be waived.
Sources said the Bulls and Rondo’s representatives discussed re-signing the veteran guard at a lower salary. But that’s a long shot scenario.
Dwyane Wade is likely to exercise his $23.8 million player option for next season, but that decision seems strictly financial. There’s a chance he could enter into a buyout discussion with the Bulls, but the team has said they are operating under the assumption that he will be on the roster next season.
The Bulls are clearly trending toward a complete rebuild with younger players like Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne. While Rondo looked like his old self before fracturing his thumb in the playoffs, his tenure in Chicago hasn’t exactly been free of drama. A parting of ways makes sense.
The Chicago Bulls may be about to blow it all up.
Sam Amick of USA Today reported that, in light of the Jimmy Butler trade, the Bulls have not yet approached Rajon Rondo about a buyout, but it is “a possibility.”
No discussion yet of a Rajon Rondo buyout with the Bulls after the Jimmy Butler trade, I'm told, but it's clearly a possibility.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 23, 2017
In addition, despite earlier reports, Dwyane Wade will opt into the second year of his deal and take his $24 million.
Dwyane Wade is still taking his player option for $23.8 million next season, according to sources. The Jimmy Butler trade affects nothing
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) June 23, 2017
The Bulls will have some decisions to make. Rondo has a team option with a $3 million buyout, while Wade has no interest in being part of a rebuilding effort at this stage of his career. The Bulls are clearly trending that direction, though, so there will be a lot of talk about buyouts and trades in the days and weeks to come.