Rajon Rondo is back with the Lakers.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Rondo plans to sign a one-year, $ 2.6 million deal with the Lakers after agreeing to a buyout with the Grizzlies over the weekend. Rondo, who played with the Hawks and Clippers last season, was traded from the Clippers to the Grizzlies earlier this offseason.
Rajon Rondo plans to sign a one-year, $ 2.6 million deal with the Lakers after securing the waivers today, sources told ESPN. He agreed to a contract buyout with Memphis on Saturday. Rondo will still receive his full salary of $ 7.5 million this season between the buyout and the new deal. https://t.co/ehFzHb6pVC
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 30, 2021
Rondo, who will be 36 in February and entering his 16th season, played a key reserve role in the Lakers squad that won the 2020 title in the Orlando bubble, taking timely shots and often executing the offense. during key stretches when LeBron James was resting. He averaged nearly 25 minutes per game off the bench and placed fourth on the team in total minutes in the NBA Finals against the Heat.
The list of Lakers and the planned lineup
Rondo’s signing continues a trend for the Lakers, who have assembled a team of veterans who come in as favorites to win the Western Conference. In addition to trading nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook with LeBron James, entering his 19th season, the Lakers also signed Carmelo Anthony, 37, Trevor Ariza, 36, 35. old Dwight Howard and Wayne Ellington, 33 years old.
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At first glance, it’s unclear how much Rondo will ultimately play as he will compete with Kendrick Nunn for a few minutes behind Westbrook. Head coach Frank Vogel has many unresolved questions that go beyond Rondo’s immediate adjustment:
- Who starts as a shooting guard?
- Will Anthony Davis move full time to the center?
- How often will James and / or Davis rest?
- How should the Lakers integrate their two-way players?
|PG||Russell westbrook||Kendrick nunn||Rajon Rondo|
|SG||Talen Horton-Tucker||Monk Malik||Wayne ellington|
|SF||James lebron||Trevor Ariza||Kent bazemore|
|PF||Anthony davis||Carmelo Anthony|
|VS||Marc Gasol||Dwight Howard|
Along with Rondo, James, Anthony, Ariza and Howard, the Lakers now have five players in their 16th season or later, all of whom could play big roles in the rotation. There are only eight other players in the entire NBA entering their 16th season or later, including Paul Millsap and JJ Redick, who haven’t signed.
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