Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Kings reportedly show interest in Rajon Rondo

July 01, 2015 - 3:06 am

Welcome to Wednesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WEDNESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Yankees at Angels, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) Soccer: Women's World Cup semifinal, Japan vs. England, 7 p.m. (FS1) Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. Honduras, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: [caption id="attachment_36102" align="alignright" width="150"] Rajon Rondo[/caption] -- Free agent point guard Rajon Rondo's stock dropped precipitously after he was sent packing by the Mavericks during the first round of the playoffs after another behavioral issue like those that have dogged him throughout his college and professional career. Now the former Celtic is an afterthought among discussions of this free agent class. On Tuesday night, however, Rondo reportedly found some interest -- appropriately enough from the franchise that might be the most dysfunctional in the league. According to an ESPN report, the Kings "came on strong" Tuesday night and requested a meeting with Rondo after forward Rudy Gay pushed management to pursue him. Rondo is expected to sign a one-year deal as he tries to build back his reputation and show he can avoid confrontations with his coach. The Kings recently hired George Karl, although there have been reports that they are looking to replace him before he coaches a game. -- Warriors star Steph Curry was named league MVP and beat LeBron James' Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Now he's surpassed LeBron in jersey sales for the first time. Based on rankings of overall sales at from April through June, Curry ranked No. 1, with James dropping to second. Fellow Warriors Klay Thompson (fifth) and Draymond Green (15th) helped Golden State rank first in team sales during the playoffs. The Celtics ranked a solid ninth on the team list, although the C's had no player in the top 15. -- Phil Knight. a co-founder of Nike and the face of the company as its longtime chairman, announced Tuesday that he will step down and wants president/CEO Mark Parker to succeed him. Knight did not give a timetable for his departure, although he indicated he wants to continue to be involved with the athletic footwear, apparel and equipment giant. The 76-year-old Knight, who has been a director of the company since 1968, also revealed that he will transfer most of his Nike stock to a company called Swoosh LLC and will serve as a director of the company, which will have the power to elect three-quarters of Nike's board. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 1, 1973, during a 9-5 loss to the Brewers, which player who was in his third and final season with the Red Sox (and the final season of his 18-year major league career) stole his 500th career base? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We didn't come here just to make the final. We came here to win it, so we're going to go after it." -- U.S. forward Carli Lloyd, after recording a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 2-0 semifinal win over Germany in the Women's World Cup STAT OF THE DAY: 3-0, 0.69 -- Red Sox rookie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez's record and ERA in four road starts, following Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Marlins speedster Dee Gordon races around the bases for an inside-the-park home run against the Dodgers. Marlins third baseman Miguel Rojas barehands a grounder down the line and throws a one-hopper to first baseman Justin Bour, who makes a nice play to scoop the off-line throw. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor dives to stop the ball then jumps up and fires a strike to first for an out against the Rays. Astros mascot Orbit grants Royals player Salvador Perez admittance to a meeting of the Jose Altuve fan club. TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Aparicio SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Bobby Day was born on this day in 1928.