With Rajon Rondo being heavily shopped, rumors are swirling regarding his potential destinations, and most media outlets are reporting possibilities like the Lakers, and some have even suggested Golden State or Dallas. But what about a small market? Is it too far fetched in this day and age to think that a superstar talent would even consider something outside of the spotlight? What about Portland? They’ve definitely got the assets. Utah?
There’s no question the Jazz and a handful of other small market teams have the assets to bring in Rajon Rondo. The real unknown is how Rondo would react to the situation. While some question his attitude, I for one think he wouldn’t mind playing in a smaller market. Rondo seems like the anti-star of the NBA. He often regards hype and media with a certain aloofness that suggests he either doesn’t realize just how good of a player he is, or he knows he’s good and doesn’t really care about the media attention. Probably the latter. On top of that, while other NBA stars are texting each other at will, lobbying each other behind the scenes, Rondo seems like an NBA outcast. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul want to play together, Howard and Williams want to play together, Kobe and Paul, Howard and Rose, Kobe and Williams; the list goes on and on, but who wants to play with Rondo? The guy has had well documented run-ins with his current big three, so why should we think that he’s pining away to join some other big unification? In a very Iverson-esque way, Rondo marches to the beat of his own drum in this league, and that likely won’t change.
Long story short, Rondo may be one of those rare players who really doesn’t care where he plays, just so long as he has a chance to compete and explore his own game, making a small market move an absolute possibility.