Los Angeles Lakers Interested in Rajon Rondo?
It was only a couple of months ago that rumors started swirling again that Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston. While those whispers have died down and the Celtics have claimed they have no intention of trading away their star franchise player, there is new found speculation surrounding Rondo’s future.
Per ESPN, two things are now fueling Rondo to the Lakers rumors. Unnamed sources have reported a conversation between the Lakers and Celtics, and though no deal has been placed on the table and the talks were months ago, they did exist. At the very least, there has been discussion about Rondo’s future and what he could have to do with the Lakers and Celtics.
Second is Rondo’s bond with Laker vet Kobe Bryant, as the two enjoyed breakfast together recently. Bryant has never been shy about his infatuation with Rondo, either, while he at one point dared the Celtics to “send him” his way if they didn’t want to keep him.
Naturally, the Rajon Rondo rumors are heating up again, as Boston’s lead guard is sitting in a contract year. He intends to play out his final year under his current deal and hit free agency, but if the Celtics allow that to happen they’re risking losing him for zero compensation.
There’s obviously the possibility that Danny Ainge and the Celtics front office intends on signing Rondo after this year, but if they get even a whiff about him wanting to leave, trading him has to be a serious consideration.
One big question is, would Rondo be a fit with the Lakers? It’s hard to see how he wouldn’t be. His struggles as a shooter suggest he wouldn’t create any rift with The Black Mamba offensively, but would instead only help to get Bryant and others better looks. Rondo’s defense, rebounding and ability to penetrate would also upgrade L.A. dramatically at the point, where Jeremy Lin has been inconsistent.
The addition of Rondo could allow Lin to shift to a bench role, where he could focus primarily on adding extra offense – something the Lakers don’t exactly lack at the moment, but aren’t overly efficient with.
It’s certainly too late for Rondo going to the Lake Shows to change their playoff fortunes this year, but adding him now (or in the summer) for the 2015-16 NBA season could dramatically improve L.A.’s chances of a quick turn around. Landing Rondo should also help draw more interest in other big names wanting to come play with Kobe in his final ride.
Needless to say, Rondo going to the Lakers makes sense, and it sounds like it could happen. Whether it’s signing as a free agent next year or getting traded their this year, of course, is anyone’s guess.
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