The Hornets' background calls on Rajon Rondo cover the usual territory with him: his relationship with coaches, teammates and stubborn disposition, sources said.

The Hornets hadn’t had the most favorable impression of Rondo, clearly preferring packages with Curry and Gordon over him.

As the Hornets realize teams are growing more hesitant to give up assets out of fear Paul will be simply a four-month rental, they’ve come to realize that Boston’s offer could be the best on the table.