When he went down with a torn ACL midway through the 2012-13 season, Rajon Rondo was enjoying another fine season, averaging 11.7 points, 9.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Celtics, while shooting 48.4 percent. To say he has fallen off since then might be the understatement of the century. Rondo shot just 43.6 percent from the field with the Mavericks last season, finished with more field-goal attempts than points and saw his season rather abruptly in the playoffs after being benched. The Kings are betting on the talent he once showed, but Fantasy owners have every reason to be skeptical after his disastrous run last season. Rondo hasn't been the same since his knee injury, and it's hard to see him posting gaudy assist totals with two isolation-heavy scorers like DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay flanking him. Rondo will go off the board in the second half of drafts this fall, but you're taking a big risk if you expect him to be a starter.
Rondo (rest) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports. The Kings will look to rest all their key players in the remaining two games of the season, with Seth Curry seeing the majority of time at point guard as a result. Rondo put together a solid season over 72 appearances during his first year with the Kings, but his future remains uncertain as the 30-year-old heads into unrestricted free agency this offseason.
Rondo will be rested for Monday's game against the Suns, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports. It will be the third straight night off for Rondo as the Kings careen toward the lottery without putting up much of a fight. DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison will also rest Monday, meaning the likes of Seth Curry and James Anderson figure to pick up extra minutes in the backcourt, while Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein should each see increased time up front.
Rondo will be rested for Saturday's game against the Thunder. Rondo will be on the bench for the second game in a row. With only two games left after Saturday, the Kings could ultimately shut the former All-Star point guard down for the remainder of the year. Expect Darren Collison to see increased minutes and production as the most likely candidate to start at point guard.
Rondo will be rested for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves. Rondo, among other Sacramento regulars, has been rested periodically down the stretch, but he was initially expected to play Thursday at home. Ultimately, that won't be the case, and the Kings will also rest All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins as they not-so-stealthly attempt to improve their lottery standing. In Rondo's absence, expect to see more of Darren Collison and Seth Curry.
Rondo contributed a season-high 27 points (11-17 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go with 12 assists, 10 boards, and two steals across 42 minutes in Tuesday's 115-107 loss to the Trail Blazers. After resting in the second half of the Kings' back-to-back set Saturday against the Nuggets, Rondo came back with a flourish Tuesday, netting his sixth triple-double of the campaign. He surely benefited from coach George Karl resting top backup Darren Collison and two other regulars (Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos), as those absences along with Omri Casspi (hamstring) and Marco Belinelli (foot) left the team with just 10 active players, forcing Rondo to clear the 40-minute mark for the first time since March 2. It's likely that Karl will rest Rondo and many of his other rotation mainstays at least once more over the team's final four games, but for the contests in which Rondo is confirmed to start, he should still make for a top-flight DFS option. He's recorded 10 or more assists in six consecutive appearances, and has delivered both of his highest scoring outings of the season in that span.
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