The Sacramento Kings announced Monday evening that they have signed free agents Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos and Rajon Rondo.
Belinelli was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 18th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. In 502 career games (209 starts) with five teams, the Italian swingman is averaging 9.4 points in 22.8 minutes. Belinelli is a career 43.0 percent shooter, including 39.2 percent from 3-point range.
Belinelli, 29, achieved the most success during the 2013-14 season. As part of the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, Belinelli averaged 11.4 points in 80 games (25 starts). He shot 48.5 percent from the field and 43.0 percent from beyond the arc, both career-highs. Belinelli also won the Three-Point Contest during All-Star weekend.
The upcoming season will be Belinelli’s ninth in the league. Besides Oakland and San Antonio, Belinelli also made stops in Toronto, New Orleans and Chicago.
Koufos was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. In 424 career games (139 starts) with four teams, Koufos is averaging 5.4 points on 52.8 percent shooting and 4.7 rebounds in 15.3 minutes.
Koufos, 26, posted his best statistical season during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. Under then-head coach and current Sacramento head coach George Karl, Koufos started 81 games and averaged career-highs in points (8.0), rebounds (6.9) and blocks (1.3).
The upcoming season will be Koufos’ eighth in the league. He played the last two years with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Rondo was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 21st pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Boston Celtics in a deal on draft night. In 573 career games (520 starts) with two teams, Rondo is averaging 10.8 points on 47.0 percent shooting, 8.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
Rondo, 29, started 25 games as a rookie and was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. He became a starter in his second year and helped the Celtics win their 17th and last NBA championship. Rondo went on to become a four-time All-Star. He was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2012 and four All-Defensive Teams, including First Team honors in 2010 and 2011. Rondo twice led the league in assists and once in steals.
Rondo has 22 career triple-doubles in the regular season and 10 in the postseason. During the 2009 playoffs, Rondo averaged 16.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists.
The Celtics traded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks last December. The relationship between the two parties never got off the ground as Rondo had repeated clashes with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. After two poor games in the first round of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets, Rondo was banished from the team.
The trio brings a wealth of playoff experience to Sacramento. Rondo has played in 94 postseason games. Belinelli and Koufos have been in 48 and 37 playoff games, respectively. Koufos has a personal streak of six consecutive playoffs appearances. Belinelli has gone to three straight postseasons. The rest of the Kings combined for just 36 games and Darren Collison has 29 of those.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed per team policy. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Rondo agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Belinelli agreed to a three-year, $19 million contract. Koufos agreed to a four-year, $33 million contract, per ESPN’s Marc Stein.