The Sacramento Kings' interest in trading for Detroit's Josh Smith may not make a lot of sense on the surface.

But the more you examine the deal, you get the feeling that acquiring Smith isn't the Kings' end-game in all this.

In fact, a more likely reason for pursuing the 6-foot-9 forward is that he could be the key to them acquiring the player they have wanted for so long - Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo.

Sacramento has attempted to entice the Celtics into dealing Rondo for a package that would include, among other pieces, at least one first-round pick (their No. 8 pick this year) and shooting guard Ben McLemore. So far, the Celtics have shown no interest in such a deal.

If the Celtics decide to keep Rondo this entire season, he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2015 and will surely look to play for either a title-contending club or one that's on the rise and needs a playmaker like himself to bring it all together.

Sacramento is a destination that few free agents immediately think of playing for. But if the Kings had one of Rondo's best friends (Smith) already on the roster, that would certainly help their chances at landing the four time All-Star.