The Kings will open the 2016-17 NBA season under new head coach Dave Joerger, but it's still unclear who will round out his staff and roster.
Veteran All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo is an unrestricted free agent after averaging 11.9 points, 11.7 assists, six rebounds and 35.2 minute per game while playing on a one-year, $9.5 million contract last season in Sacramento.
"I do (like Rondo's game)," Joerger said on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix on Tuesday. "I think he's an incredible high IQ guy. He's seen and done everything in this league as far as winning championships and playing in big games."
"I'm a fan of his game. He is a great set-up guy. So you gotta try to design some things where he has some room to be creative. At the same time, he's going to know where the ball needs to go. He's always been really, really good directing everything. You gotta have the right parts around him, just as any point guard."
The Kings have not completely turned their backs on a possible return, but they are also not expected to enter a bidding war for Rondo’s services in a summer when the NBA salary jumps to an estimated $92 million.