Roster - Sacramento Kings
Short of ripping off his own cast, telling coaching staff to shove it and proclaiming “I’m playing” it would seem Rondo will continue to sit indefinitely with a fractured thumb suffered sometime late during the season. This is a fairly big blow to the Kings championship hopes as he was brought in to give the Kings versatility at the point guard position along with his elite defence and play off experience. That being said since coming to the Kings Rondo has struggled given his limited role as general of the second unit with averages of 4.6 points a game and 4.6 assists. It’s what he does that doesn’t show on the box score which is vital and as history would suggest he’s a guy that can find form quickly and really be impactful on both ends of the floor.
After bouncing around the league finding himself playing for 6 different teams over the last 5 years (third in this season alone) Rondo himself was hoping for a strong post season to showcase that he’s still an elite point guard in this league. This injury and uncertainty casts a shadow over his future as the Kings have no obligation to pick up his team option next year and may choose to go a different way. There will surely be interest around the league for a player with his skill set but sources close to the Kings management suggest they’re more then willing and wanting to keep Rondo on board as long as it makes sense. That being said they haven’t done themselves any favours with cap flexibility and it may just come down to them not being able to afford to shell out that kind of money for a back up point guard.
In a positive turn of events for the Kings waiver pick up and emerging youngster Tyler Ennis has been thrust into the lime light in Rondo’s Absence and has responded well during the first two games of the play offs. Another guy who has bounced around this year he saw some big minutes in a rebuilding Pistons squad but was quickly discarded and eventually found his way to Sacramento. He’s also coming into free agency this summer and is putting up a strong case for the Kings to commit long term with averages of 7 points, 6 assists and 2 rebounds shooting 46% from the field in a shade over 14 minutes a game against the Dubs in the first round.
The Kings will travel to the Bay for game three against the Warriors to try and get up 3-0 in the series, stay tuned!!