The Boston Celtics reportedly have a "huge deal in the mix" that centers on Rajon Rondo heading to the Sacramento Kings, according to a report Tuesday from NBCSN basketball analyst Donny Marshall, who said the All-Star point guard is "likely a goner."
The Kings, who landed swingman Rudy Gay in a deal with the Toronto Raptors earlier this month, currently feature a backcourt of 5-foot-9 point guard Isaiah Thomas and rookie Ben McLemore, two players Sacramento would likely have to send to Boston in a potential deal (along with other players and multiple draft picks).
News of Rondo's possible departure comes days after the 27-year-old was cleared for full-contact practice for the first time this season after undergoing surgery last February to repair a torn ACL. He is due to make $12 million this season and $13 million next season before he becomes a free agent in summer 2015. In his 38 appearances last season before going down with the injury, Rondo averaged 13.7 points, 11.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 37 minutes per game. He is due to return to game-action in January.
The Celtics, who are looking to rebuild, currently have the Brooklyn Nets' 2014 first-round pick from the deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn this past offseason. Boston is also reportedly involved in talks to land Houston Rockets center Omer Asik.
Dec. 15 marked the first day of the season that teams can trade free agents signed during this past offseason. The NBA deadline for all trades this season is Feb. 20.