The Boston Celtics, much like the Sacramento Kings, have been looking to trade their lottery pick for a few weeks now. The two teams have already been linked together but reports continue to surface suggesting a trade between the two organizations is a possibility, the most likely of which would send Rajon Rondo to the Kings in exchange for the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
According to Mark Heisler, the Celtics are said to desire the Kings’ first round selection which would allow them to select Marcus Smart or Elfrid Payton while obtaining an additional draft pick.
Way I hear it (cont.):
#Celtics want Sac’s No. 8 for Rondo. If they get it, Ainge takes Payton/Smart at No. 6.
Heisler goes on to suggest that the Celtics are essentially enamored with both players, but it remains to be seen how interested in Sacramento is in Rajon Rondo.
We’ve heard reports linking the Kings to the former Kentucky Wildcat for months ever since Rondo was allegedly placed on the trade block last February, but with only one year remaining on his contract do the Kings risk giving up the pick for what could possibly be a one-year rental? Add in Rajon Rondo’s recent injury woes and you’ll probably find fans on both sides of the argument, though there’s no doubt when healthy and motivated, Rondo is one of the premier point guards in the NBA.
Rondo’s final year of his contract will pay him nearly $13 million dollars.