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April 28, 2015 Updates

If you've arrived at the completely logical party, hosted by the estimable Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, that Rajon Rondo shall not be welcome on your team under any circumstances at any price tag, it's probably for the best. Lakers co-owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak, however, are not there. So there remains a distinct possibility in today's space-and-shoot NBA that the Los Angeles Lakers will be the torchbearers for the old school and sign the pass-first (nay, pass-only) Rondo to a free-agent contract this summer. But what should be made clear, according to team sources, is that Buss is not the believer he was earlier in the season when it comes to Rondo, and Kupchak is toting enough healthy skepticism that he sees Rondo as value only at a certain low price. Bleacher Report

The Lakers have higher priorities when it comes to spending their precious 2015 salary-cap space. They are hopeful of buying a foundational piece—something they aren't convinced Rondo is. Bleacher Report

April 24, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

The feeling in league circles going back to before Rondo was traded to the Mavs in December was that he was eyeing the Los Angeles Lakers as his free-agent destination in July. The way his brief tenure has unfolded in Dallas, nothing has happened to change those opinions. Remember that infamous breakfast in Boston that Rondo and Kobe Bryant shared in December? The one that Rondo later described as, "just two a-holes having breakfast?" Bryant's take on it was a little more detailed. "We get along extremely well," Bryant said. "We see the game in a similar fashion in terms of our aggressiveness and our mindset. It's good to get together with him." CBSSports.com

A snarling Carlisle stomped onto the court and angrily jammed his hands together in the T signal, focused on getting the attention of the recently acquired point guard who had been ignoring him. He ranted across the court at Rondo, screaming at him about blowing off a play call from the sideline. After Rondo responded by loudly and profanely informing Carlisle that he'd call the plays, the take-no-bull coach told the stubborn point guard to "sit the f--- down," pointing toward the bench where Rondo spent the rest of the late February game watching the Mavs pull off a comeback win over the Toronto Raptors. ESPN.com

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