ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Rondo will sign a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Lakers. He was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies this past weekend, less than two weeks after being traded to Memphis from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Many fans are having a laugh at the Clippers’ expense given what they gave up to get him this past March. The Clippers traded star Lou Williams and two second-round draft picks for what was ultimately a 31-game loan (counting the playoffs).
Other fans are getting ready for the inevitable blowup between Rondo and newly-minted Laker Russell Westbrook. Rondo and Westbrook have had a beef with each other for over a year. They regularly call one-another out on social media – and on the court.
Rondo and Westbrook at Lakers training camp pic.twitter.com/Z4qxRH5Lia
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) August 28, 2021
Clippers traded Lou Williams and two 2nd rd picks for Rondo 5 months ago just for him to return to the Lakers pic.twitter.com/xny97gOwWB
— Lake Show (@LakeShowFamily) August 29, 2021
Lakers adding Rondo to the same locker room as Westbrook:pic.twitter.com/2IMnwlLtvr
— BGN (@BullsGotNext) August 28, 2021
Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook every single day this season pic.twitter.com/p2S00xNaI6
— Daman Rangoola (@damanr) August 28, 2021
Rajon Rondo is a four-time All-Star but hasn’t averaged at least 10 points a game since the 2015-16 season. However, he came up pretty clutch for the Lakers in their 2019-20 NBA title run.
Rondo averaged 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists over 16 playoff games as the Lakers won the NBA title that year.
But he wasn’t nearly as effective for the Clippers during this year’s playoffs.
Now that he’s back with the Lakers – and surrounded by a stacked supporting cast – maybe he’ll be more effective.
What are your thoughts on the Rajon Rondo news?