The Miami Heat’s big three of forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and center Chris Bosh and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony are all unrestricted free agents and are completely holding up the rest of free agency. Once they make their decisions, lesser free agents like Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe, Washington Wizards’ swingman Trevor Ariza, Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Luol Deng, Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward and Houston Rockets’ forward Chandler Parsons, among many others can make their decisions.
The rumors surrounding a potential trade of Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love will also likely return to the forefront.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders believes teams that miss out on top tier free agents (perhaps the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers?) will not only turn their attention to Love but to Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo as well.
Once LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh are off the market, I think the attention is going to shift to Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo. The teams that missed out on LeBron, Melo and Bosh will want to acquire those guys to make their splashy move, and it’s possible that both players are moved this offseason. The fact that Boston drafted Marcus Smart and then expressed serious interest in Isaiah Thomas when free agency started, it certainly sounds like Rondo could be available. But yes, to answer your question, I definitely think teams like Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, etc. will try to pry Rondo out of Boston once the dust settles.
Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his ACL injury and averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 40.3% from the field, 28.9% from beyond the arc and 62.7% from the free throw line.