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Rajon Rondo breaks his silence on his time with the Sacramento Kings

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Rajon Rondo is not a player who has ever been afraid of confrontation in the NBA and that trait has seen him viewed as a winner at all costs or a difficult guy in the locker room.

Without question, on his day, Rondo still is one of the most talented point guards in the league. As a four-time All-Star and one-time NBA champion, The 30-year-old has achieved a lot over the course of his decade in the league.

An ACL injury towards the end of his tenure with the Boston Celtics hurt Rondo's stock within the league and he struggled to recapture his early career form as a result.

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A terribly unsuccessful trade to the Dallas Mavericks followed before Louisville, Kentucky-native found his way to the Sacramento Kings in free agency.

Despite posting his first double-double average in four years and equalling his career-high in assists with 11.7 a night - which led the league in the regular season - as Rondo looks set to enter free agency he has been detailing how difficult his stay in Sacramento really was.

"There were too many distractions on and off the court," Rondo said on ESPN's The Jump. "The organisation as a whole, I don't think was together completely. I think as a team you have to want the best for the next man beside you, and that wasn't the case with the Sacramento Kings," he said.

Regarding the well-documented relationship between franchise player DeMarcus Cousins and then-coach George Karl, the leading dime dropper said he's never seen anything quite like it.

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"Too much tension. I've never witnessed or experienced a thing like that in my 10-year career," he said.

Nevertheless, Rondo has a lot of time for Cousins as a player. Rumours began circling that Cousins might be traded because of his bad attitude and essentially the Kings front office had to decide between Cousins or Karl.

They chose the former, with Dave Joerger brought in as the new head coach in Sacramento following Karl's exit. Rondo called Cousins "the best big in the league" and believes he can continue to improve.

"He's one of the guys that's very selfless. He has to find other ways to get it done. He's going to continue to grow and learn. I was just glad I was able to be in his life and have a little bit of influence and help him a little bit this year," said Rondo.

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Rondo enters free agency in July as one of the top two point guards on the marker alongside Mike Colney, but what does he hope for with his next franchise?

"At the very least, selfless teammates - that's the most I can ask for going into this free agency, to get around guys that want to be around one another."

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Atlantic Division
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