The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks had plans to sign a max free agent this summer. Although both squads signed a talented player – the Rockets agreed to a four-year deal with Washington Wizards’ swingman Trevor Ariza and the Mavericks signed forward Chandler Parsons away from the Rockets – they are both still each looking to add a big time talent.
Jay King of MassLive.com believes the Rockets and Mavericks could pursue Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo.
The Rockets or Mavericks might want to build Rondo packages, but I’m failing to see how they could offer enough. The Suns could still sign-and-trade Eric Bledsoe, but they just added Isaiah Thomas and already feature Goran Dragic. No obvious Rondo trade partner exists. (This is where I feel the need to note that rather than making a questionable deal for Jrue Holiday last summer and moving their 2015 first-round pick for one year of Omer Asik, the Pelicans could have waited to try teaming Rondo and Anthony Davis. That could have been fun.)
The Rockets gave up a lot of assets to clear cap room this season and the Mavericks may not have the picks and young talent it could require to deal for Rondo, which is why King has all but ruled them out.
In 30 games last season, Rondo 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. In his eight-year career, he has averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 47.5% from the floor, 25.2% from three and 62.1% from the free throw line. Rondo was selected by the Celtics with the 21st-overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and has never played for another team.
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