Personally, I don't think he will because he's a bad fit for the team long term. The Mavericks love to pass the ball around a lot, and Rondo seems to be a ball dominant point guard that needs the ball to go through him to be effective; which is totally against Coach Carlisle's offensive style.
I don't think he'd be a good fit for the New York Knicks either. I say this mainly because Phil Jackson seems obsessed with implementing the triangle offense there, and throughout my years of watching the 90's bulls and 2000's lakers play, it doesn't really seem like the triangle offense even needs a traditional point guard setting up shots for people. If anything, it would probably be a waste of Rondo's talents if he went to New York.
Personally, I'd like to see him go to the Lakers. I'm not a huge Lakers fan, but I think he would be a good fit there. For starters, he knows Kobe Bryant, and he's not a pushover either. Plus, he's a champion, so him and kobe would have no problem seeing eye to eye on things. Kobe is in the final year of his contract next season, so the lakers need someone to help establish their new identity after kobe retires, so why not rondo?
I think it would be a perfect fit. Plus if the Lakers do get the first pick in the draft to get Okafor, while signing rondo and some other big name player like maybe Kevin love, then don't be surprised if the Lakers make some noise next year.
What do you guys think?
Well Rondo, for one, does not get along with Carlisle. They have many differences. The Mavs have 4 point guards on the team whose style of play is different. It's difficult for Rondo to adjust when he's usually the "leader" and cannot implement any of his ways when he's new to the team. I personally believe he should leave. I think it's for financial reasons that he's there...Maybe a good fit can be the Indiana Pacers or even the San Antonio Spurs for their slow-pace/fundamental style of play. Frank Vogel and Gregg Popovich are excellent coaches, one of the best ever in my humble opinion. The Knicks and Lakers need to rebuild too much and having Rondo there won't do much good when Rondo is a "pass-first" player. If players can't do well under pressure or cannot perform consistently, then what use is Rondo's style in L.A. or N.Y any valuable?
As for going with Kobe (because I've heard they've been talking and even had lunch together at one point) well I don't believe it'll last since Kobe is aging and to rely on two players to be contenders in the playoffs is iffy.
I doubt he's going to the Knicks because I know Phil Jackson's triangle offense doesn't need a traditional point guard per say, so his talents would be kind of wasted in New York. As for the your suggestion about the Spurs, I disagree. I like the Spurs, but they already have a healthy Tony Parker, who's 32 years old, and he could still be the starter on that team for years. I think if the Spurs need anything, then they should be looking at possible successors for Duncan, and worry about resigning Kwahi because he's their future.
I do think your right about the Mavericks because I don't see that being a fit in the long run. Not unless Rondo becomes the next Jason Kidd, and just becomes more of a scorer as his career goes on.
I think it could work in LA because your overlooking a few possible things that work in the Lakers favor. For one, most of their roster is coming off the books after this year, and they'll have enough money go after two marquee free agents this summer, and a possible first round pick. If they somehow get the number one pick to get Okafor, and if they manage to sign Rondo along with another big name like maybe Kevin Love or whoever, then the Lakers could make a comeback in the West. Granted, a lot of "ifs" would have to happen, but it could in theory. Plus, a lot of this depends on whether or not Okafor would be a bust or not too because that'll be a huge factor; along with whether or not Kobe is going to have a problem deferring his leadership to the new players because next year will be his last season after all.
I think another good fit for him would be the Rockets. Although Harden loves playing with the ball in his hands most of the game, he's also used to playing with a point guard that controls the ball majority of the time like it was back in OKC. However, the biggest difference here is that Rondo isn't a shoot first type point guard. He's a pass first one, which wouldn't hurt Harden's offensive game too much.
If anything, it would probably help Dwight Howard's offensive game because Rondo could do a variety of pick and roll sets to get him the ball inside the paint, or throw him some nice alley oop passes.
I like Rondo going to the Kings actually because they're in dire need of a leader. DeMarcus Cousins cannot because although he does have that quality he doesn't see the floor as good as a point guard and with George Karl's new method of dishing the ball to Cousins I see Rondo can potentially be a good fit in Sacramento.
Harden is too selfish in my opinion. He's in love with handling and play 1 on 1 type of offense disregarding his own teammates who are more than capable of playing. Rondo cannot carry teammates, he helps them eventually carry themselves to be able to carry their own teammates (I hope that didn't sound confusing). If Rondo always wants the ball to make plays and Harden wants the ball to and score constantly then it'll be a Westbrook/Harden conflict all over again.
Harden and Rondo are two leaders and only one must drop their ego in order to win. If none of them ever lowers their pride, then I don't see them playing well. If it was just Rondo and Howard then that's a different story.
I'm not sure of the "young bloods" who'll be drafted with the Lakers, they have too much to learn before Rondo can get another championship ring. I don't think he has the time to do that with Kobe. Kobe doesn't even have patience or faith in the Lakers... The Knicks have more potential because there are some veterans like Bargnani and Melo but Rondo is a defensive type of player and the Knicks/Lakers are offensive type teams.
That's why I said there's a lot of 'IFS" involved when it comes to the lakers, but theoretically they do have the potential to bounce back next year because of the cap room they have, AND if they can get a pick in the top five that isn't a bust, then we could be talking about the lakers in a different light next year.
Sacramento would probably be a good destination for him as well, as you do bring up a good point about them.
As far as the conflict with Harden and Westbrook go, there's a few distinct differences between Westbrook and Rondo if you haven't noticed. Rondo is a pass first, pass second, pass third type of point guard. Meaning that Harden doesn't have to worry about losing touches or any points to Rondo. If anything, he knows that he'll get the ball back right away if Rondo handles the ball majority of the time.
As far as the ego thing goes, I get what you're saying, but here's the thing. Shaq and Kobe didn't exactly like each other either, but they won three titles together. And Scottie Pippen didn't exactly love playing with Michael Jordan either. imo. However, it didn't matter because they were winning. Therefore, if they hit the ground running and win a title, then I'm sure that alleviates everything.
Well Rick Carlisle said that he doesn't believe Rondo will be back, so I guess it's official.
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