Report: Lakers looking to ‘find a way’ to add Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo may be suiting up for the Celtics’ primary rival next season.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rondo is one of the Lakers’ primary remaining free-agent targets. The 31-year-old point guard met with Magic Johnson and the Lakers on Tuesday. Even after adding Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on a one-year $18-million deal, the Lakers were trying to “find a way” to sign Rondo. The team still has a $4.3 million exception to use.
On Tuesday, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News added that they have “serious interest” in Rondo and plan to follow up soon.
The four-time All-Star signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason, and despite a contentious history with Dwyane Wade when Rondo was in Boston, the pair seemed to set aside their differences. The Bulls waived him in June, and Rondo’s lone season in Chicago was one of the worst of his career.
He averaged 7.8 points, the lowest output since his rookie season, and 6.7 assists per game. Despite his shortcomings, Rondo is a four-time All-Star and as fans in Boston will remember – he has an ability to turn his game up a notch when it matters most.
He became the first Celtic with multiple triple-doubles in the same playoff series for his efforts during the 2008-09 postseason against the Bulls and earned the nickname Playoff Rondo for his June heroics. He was giving the Celtics fits in their first-round series this year as well, before he was ruled out for the final four games with a broken thumb.
It remains to be seen how he would fit within the Lakers system. Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, is expected to start from day one, but Rondo could serve as his backup and provide veteran leadership on a young Lakers roster.
If Rondo does head to LA, he would be the first to switch sides in the rivalry since Shaquille O’Neal lived out his final NBA days in Boston.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog