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Report: Kings offered McLemore, Thomas, picks for Rondo. Didn’t happen.

Feb 18, 2014, 1:30 AM EST

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The Kings have their foundation up front in DeMarcus Cousins, but they need another elite player on the perimeter. Their GM Pete D’Alessandro knows it and is going after that piece.

Like trying to land Rajon Rondo. Check out this interesting tidbit from Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears in his weekly power rankings (hat tip Celtics’ blog).

Source said Kings and C’s discussed a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rajon Rondo, but Rondo wasn’t interested in re-signing with Sacramento and the Kings strongly value McLemore.

Rajon Rondo trade deadline rumors are just as much a part of February as guys waiting until the very last minute to buy Valentine’s Day gifts.

Rondo will be a free agent in 2015 and reports say he wants to keep his options open for that, which is going to make it tough to trade him. No team is really going to give up much for him if he is going to bolt in a year.

What I wonder is would Celtics GM Danny Ainge have really been open to this? If he fears he will lose Rondo to free agency he would be willing to jump at this, I would think.

Also know that a whole lot of trades are discussed like this at some level. This time of year a whole long of things are thrown around in NBA front offices, only a handful really ever come to light. Fewer still actually ever go through.

  1. vikesdynasty - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Mmmm nice.

  2. casualcommenter - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    I feel like Rajon Rondo and Demarcus Cousins on the same team would either work fantastically well or would fail spectacularly, with no chance of anything in between.

    Oh well. If he’s willing to say that he wouldn’t stick with Sacramento long-term, the Kings won’t trade for him.

  3. lakerade - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    Shaq hard at work, I see.

  4. dperk123 - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    So celtics should trade to get Cousins but not let Rondo? go?

  5. dperk123 - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    Illl trade anybody for Cousins. But not jared sullinger or Rajon Rondo

    • manilamobb - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:11 AM

      I think the C’s would trade both Rondo and Sullinger for Cousins. Cousins is young a top 5 center in the league. Injured and ready for free agency Rondo and a player with an unpredictable future like Sullinger? LOL kings would never do it

      • antianarxi - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        no way sullinger AND rondo? please tell me that was a joke…

  6. slaugin - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    I think you are under estimating Sullinger

  7. rtwoj - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    The longer Ainge holds on to Rondo, the older he gets. At this point, theres no purpose to keeping him, while the Celtics are floundering. Get younger, compete every year later… See: OKC

  8. psubeerman21 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    I’m guessing this means Boston is going to try to re-sign him in the offseason

  9. therealhtj - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    That’s likely as good a deal they’ll see for Rondo.

  10. trickybastard - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    The Kings are not trading Cousins. You idiots sound like Lakers fans

    • ranfan12 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      so it’s like that now :(

  11. bhunter1995 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Its a good thing the Kings didnt pull that trade off, Rondo is a great player but is he really better then Thomas (19 PPG/7 APG) and McLemore (all star potential) and a pick? The Kings are a very talented team and they should build off of what they have going right now, if they are smart in the draft and if they pick up the right free agents thay can be a playoff team in the next two years easy. Their problems are all on the defensive end, if they could get a top 15 defense they would be a tough team to beat.

    • TheMorningStar - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Yes, Rondo is unequivocally better than Thomas.

      End of story.

      • bhunter1995 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        He is better then Thomas, but is he better then Thomas, McLemore and a potential impact player through the draft? If it was Thomas for Rondo straight up it would be a good trade for the Kings but trading two players who are young, and talented who will only get better with time and a good draft pick for Rondo would be a mistake.

      • TheMorningStar - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        The NBA is now a PG driven league (unless you have a Lebron on your team). Maclemore will be a solid player, but do you build a team around him and Thomas? Rondo is certainly that type of player.

        Unless Cousins is part of any deal, Rondo is off the table.

      • nickjackalson - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        because you say so?
        I´d like to “un-” the unequivocal part of your statement

        since TheMorningStar seems to have lost his guiding quality I´d like to recommend these links for further investigation:

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/thomais02.html

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rondora01.html

        I´ll give Rondo his defense..and the playmaking..
        but if you play for the future, a case could be made for Isaiah over Rondo

      • coachjac30 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Trading Rondo for Thomas, McClemore and a pick (the rumor was 2 picks , whether it be 2nds or 2 firsts in 16 and 18) is a very good get for the Celtics. Thomas is a RFA after this season and will likely be looking for a deal around 8/9/10 mill per season. If you sign Thomas for say 9/season, you have McClemore on his rookie salary, you can attempt to use money elsewhere. This trade would also allow them to trade Bradley for something of value to them moving forward.

        The only question I have, is IF the Kings were serious about this deal, why not just pull the trigger anyways? Of course Rondo is going to resign longterm now, he would cost himself money. But if you are good for the next year and a half, meaning a contender, it is possible that he would then resign with the team.

      • trickybastard - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        No, the Celtics are not getting Cousins no matter how much you want him. Rondo is off the table? You wish you were the GM. In case there are any delusions let me assure you that you’re not.

      • TheMorningStar - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Yes, i viewed rondo’s stats vis a vis Thomas’ and I’m sorry to burst you bubble, but i can see NO case to be made that Thomas is better than Rondo.

  12. kamauthabiti - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    not even a good conversation. Rondo is a franchise maker.

    • nickjackalson - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      don´t hate on me, I love Rondo and all, but c´mon, one Rondo does not make a franchise!

      One Kobe does not, one Lebron does not..
      Even one MJ did not make a franchise all by himself
      so no way on earth Rondo does

  13. norcald - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    That’s interesting, b/c D’Alessandro said McLemore wasn’t a part of any deal. hmmmm.

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