The Dallas Mavericks acquired Rajon Rondo with the belief that he would be interested in re-signing with the team but a new pan may need to be worked out.
When the Dallas Mavericks trade for Rajon Rondo, many believed that there was an understanding in place that would give the Mavericks dibs on re-signing the guard in the summer.
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But a number of things have happened since then that have called into question the possibility of Rondo being a long term option for the Mavericks — not the least of which is that little spat between Rondo and head coach Rick Carlisle. Rondo ended up with a single game suspension as a result of the argument and it’s yet another incident that is causing many to doubt how long Rondo will stick around.
According to Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News, the Mavericks and Rondo might not be a long term fit as he suggests the team making a run after Brandon Knight or Goran Dragic this offseason.
It may be difficult for the Mavericks to secure the loyalty of Goran Dragic since he seems dead set on playing in Miami, New York or Los Angeles in 2015-16 and beyond. But if the Lakers or Knicks target Rondo over Dragic, then that would leave the current Heat guard with fewer options to consider.
When it comes to the possibility of signing Brandon Knight, the Mavericks may have a better chance at picking him off the market but they’re going to need to pay a premium to land him. That’s the reason the Bucks ultimately decided to jettison him in a trade with the Suns and it’s why he’s going to be a tough target for many teams in need of a guard this summer.
Of course, the possibility of Rondo coming back isn’t a closed discussion, but the question of whether or not he’s a fit is as relevant as ever. This last stretch of the season and the ensuing trip to the postseason for Dallas will be telling as to how well Rondo fits and what the chances of him leaving truly are.
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