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Is there mutual interest between Rajon Rondo and the Brooklyn Nets?

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The Brooklyn Nets and Rajon Rondo are set to have a meeting as free agency begins, Brian Lewis of the  Post reports.

A source close to Rondo told NetsDaily less than a week back that Rondo had interest in playing in New York wanting to play in a big market. The Knicks became less of a lure once they traded for Derrick Rose, and that left the door wide open for the Nets.

According to a second league source, the interest is mutual... if the price is right. Rondo, 30, will be looking for a big deal after a very impressive season with Sacramento. The Nets on the other hand, are unlikely to pay Rondo anything close to the max, which in his case would be more than $30 million.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders also reported Wednesday that the Nets may very well be in the lead position for Rajon Rondo's services because they're the only team that is prepared to offer the 30-year-old PG the max!

The Brooklyn Nets are said to be the front runners in the Rajon Rondo sweepstakes, mainly because they'll go up to the max to sign him. As crazy as that sounds, there just are not that many starting-caliber point guards in the marketplace and the Nets do not want to be left without a point guard.

The max part seems unlikely. The Nets desperately need a point guard and Rondo averaged 11 points and a league-leading 11.7 assists last season with the Sacramento Kings. In an era where the mantra is "no quick fixes," "no skipped steps," it's hard to believe that Sean Marks would offer a baggage-laden Rondo nearly 60 percent of their available cap space

Just ask former assistant GM Bobby Marks about giving any player 60 percent of the available cap space.

Lewis didn't have information on when the meeting will take place.