NBA Rumors: Rounding Up Buzz on DeAndre Jordan, Rajon Rondo and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2015

In this photo taken Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Dallas Mavericks' Rajon Rondo makes his way to bench after being called for a foul against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter of Game 2 in the first round in the NBA basketball playoffs in Houston. Rondo sat nearly the entire second half of the Mavs' loss to Houston and didn't get a lot of support from his coach afterward in what is clearly an experiment gone wrong.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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Next up to bat is the NBA's most experienced, contract-free players as free agency steals the spotlight from the NBA draft.

With names like DeAndre Jordan and others headed to the open market, it's not hard to see why the impending opening of the market steals the headlines. This time of year, every team's a winner and stands a chance at a franchise-changing player—of which there are many.

Whether it's a key role player or a superstar capable of hoisting a team on his shoulders, the market touts enough talent for every team.

For fans, the trick remains keeping up with the overwhelming amount of information before the floodgates open. To stem the tide, here's a look at the latest on some of the most important names.

Detroit Pistons Thinking Large

The Detroit Pistons looked like one of the draft's biggest winners this past week, reeling in Stanley Johnson at No. 8 to help kick-start a growing core of young talent.

If reports prove correct, the next step the organization wants to take comes via a splash in free agency.

As Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press points out, it seems the front office has two names in mind:

The buzz sounds about right for the Pistons, a team perhaps wanting to add talent but not go too crazy and splurge on someone at the position such as Tobias Harris.

DeMarre Carroll seems a smart way to go. The Missouri product and journeyman is 28 years old and just averaged a career-high 12.6 points with the Atlanta Hawks last season while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 40 percent from deep.

Danny Green wouldn't be a bad option, either. He put on another strong performance last year, his fifth with the San Antonio Spurs, by averaging 11.7 points and shooting 44 percent from the floor and 42 percent behind the arc.

Either way, it's clear the Pistons want cost-effective scoring able to convert on the long ball. It sounds like a search for strong complements as the franchise continues its rebuild.

Rajon Rondo to Los Angeles Lakers Nixed?

So much for the whole Rajon Rondo-Los Angeles Lakers narrative.

In theory, the fit made sense. Los Angeles adds one of the league's premier point guards, a pass-first player who can keep Kobe Bryant happy and help the development of Julius Randle and a rookie next to him on the low block.

Except the Lakers shocked the globe last Thursday, taking Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell at No. 2, a move Sean Deveney of Sporting News hears ends any chances of a pairing of the two parties.

"The Lakers had long been connected with point guard Rajon Rondo in free agency, in part because of his friendship with star Kobe Bryant, but the addition of Russell ends that possibility. One source, when asked about Rondo going to the Lakers, simply said, 'Doubtful,'" Deveney writes.

It seems obvious where the Lakers go next. The organization needs a big man, with Jordan, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love and many others on the open market or perhaps will be soon.

Where Rondo ends up is more confusing after his ugly end-of-season exit with the Dallas Mavericks last season. It was his second consecutive mediocre season, this time with averages of 8.9 points, 7.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds.

It's still a point guard league, sure, but Rondo is 29 years old with negativity around him in different ways. Some team will pick him up, but it's not hard to see why a team like the Lakers is comfortable rolling with a rookie this year instead of chasing the big names the market has to offer at the position.

The DeAndre Jordan Saga

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Lost in the background of noise surrounding other big men is the situation with Jordan.

Jordan, who just posted another strong season with 11.5 points, 15 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on average, sounds as if he's ready to move on from the Los Angeles Clippers. It's been a storyline for ages it seems, but now it looks ready to come to the forefront.

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Jordan wants to receive more in the way of offensive attention with his next team: "The officials said Jordan wants to be more involved in the offense and wants to be an All-Star, and he's not sure whether those things can happen on the Clippers with All-Stars Paul and Blake Griffin."

Turner goes on to note three teams that will visit the star big man besides the Clippers—the Lakers, Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks.

It's an interesting set of teams, to say the least. The Lakers, as mentioned, have an obvious need next to Randle. Still, it's hard to know how much of an offensive emphasis he would receive with Randle, Russell and Bryant on the roster.

The same goes for a Dallas roster still featuring Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki, with the Bucks looking even more doubtful with Michael Carter-Williams, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and others.

There doesn't seem to be a favorite among those mentioned. All three seem at least somewhat stuck in a segment of a rebuild with a bright future ahead. Whichever team Jordan picks will be telling, as it sounds like he'll do so because he views the roster as a future contender and one willing to give him a larger chunk of the pie.

All stats and info via ESPN.com unless otherwise specified.    

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