Rajon Rondo, who led the NBA in assists last season, is expected to ink a four-year maximum contract with the Brooklyn Nets when free agency begins on Friday, per a league source.
The Nets will have approximately $55.2 million to spend in free agency – enough to sign two max free agents. They are expected to retain injured point guard Jarrett Jack, regardless of the possible singing of Rondo. One way or another, the Nets are desperate to add depth to their backcourt.
Rajon Rondo has interest in Brooklyn…
Last week, ESPN’s Marc Spears reported that Rondo was eying the New York Knicks and Nets as possible destinations before Derrick Rose got traded to the Big Apple. The trade opens the doors for Nets to sign the former four-time All-Star and three-time NBA assists leader.
According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, there is mutual interest between Rondo and Nets. “The fact he (Rondo) is an unrestricted free agent coming off his third league assist crown should raise alarm bells. But with new coach Kenny Atkinson likening point guard to quarterback and talking about the need to add one, the Nets may ignore those alarms and pursue Rondo, with the Knicks’ deal for Rose taking away Brooklyn’s biggest competitor for his services.”
Nets draft two guards…
Brooklyn drafted two guards last week – Caris LeVert with the 20th pick and Isaiah Whitehead with the 42nd pick. However, they need veteran leadership and Rondo provides exactly that.
Sean Marks, general manager of the Nets, noted that the team wants to pursue only free agents who want to play in Brooklyn. “Well, if you look at the roster, we need a few things. We know who we’re targeting out there and we’ll see where it goes. [Thursday] we got to put some building blocks on the Nets roster and we’ll see where it goes from here.”
“I’m not going to comment on who we’re going after and so forth. We’ll get the right people. We’ll get the people that want to come here,” added Marks.
Rajon Rondo is expected to attract several suitors after a bounce-back season with the Sacramento Kings which saw him average 11.9 points, 11.7 assists and 6 rebounds from 72 games.