Bill Simmons thinks the new ownership of the Sacramento Kings will want to make a splash and that splash will be a trade for Rajon Rondo.
Here’s the scenario:
The Celtics move out Rondo, Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks for Ben McLemore, Greivis Vasquez (expiring), Patrick Patterson (expiring), John Salmons (expiring) and Jimmer Fredette. Boston would also have the option to swap 1st round draft picks with Sacramento for 3 years.
Who says no to that? The CBA for starters. According to the ESPN Trade Machine, the Kings are receiving $5 million too much in salary.
But I’ll play along.
It would be nice to dump Gerald Wallace’s $30 million. Salmons is due $7 million this season, but his contract for 2014-15 is non-guaranteed.
Ben McLemore, the 7th pick in the draft, is considered a stud shooter. The next Ray Allen even…
And that Greivis Vasquez is a heck of a player should Danny Ainge want to make a qualifying offer.
There’s no doubt this deal creates cap space. But, inevitably, all Rajon Rondo trade rumors come back to this question for me – Why?
I refuse to believe the Celtics are seeking to trade a phenomenal all-around player because he’s a giant a-hole.
Is it because he’s going to want max money in 2 years and the Celtics do not believe he’s a max contract guy? If that’s truly the case, then I understand the need to get something in return before he walks.
I’d like to think they can do better than this scenario.