Lakers Expect To Lose Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

The Lakers are trading for Thunder guard Dennis Schroder because they believe Rajon Rondo will sign elsewhere as a free agent, league sources tell Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link). Rondo’s strong performance in the playoffs likely sets him up for an offer that will exceed L.A.’s budget (Twitter link).

Rondo, 34, played an important role in helping the Lakers capture the NBA title in Orlando. He suffered a fractured right thumb shortly after arriving at the Disney World complex, but was able to return in time for the playoffs, averaging 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists off the bench in 16 games.

The veteran guard is expected to decline his $2.69MM option for next season and test the free agent market. The cross-town Clippers are among the teams believed to be interested in acquiring him.

A four-time All-Star, Rondo has played for six teams in the past six years after spending his first seven seasons in Boston. He originally signed with the Lakers as a free agent in 2018 and then re-signed last summer.

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21 thoughts on “Lakers Expect To Lose Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

  1. Rondo will get a good deal and probably a multi year deal. Would be a good pick up for a team on the bubble for a playoff spot. He brings leadership to a team.

  2. Tatsumaki

    Okay so it’s starting to make sense why we got dennis. So now we need to upgrade wing and center. Hoping Ibaka rumors are true.

    • raz427

      $6M per year for 34 years old??? I’m 35, im the same height, if that’s the case then I should have tried harder in my pickup games.

      Matthews isn’t worth anything above 2 years $6.5M.

        • raz427

          You clearly missed the point *face palm*

          Let me help you a bit since you didn’t get it the first time, nobody is going to give Matthews 3/20 unless you’re playing 2K21.

  3. Jordan

    No doubt rondo helped the Lakers win a championship this year. Before he got injured he couldn’t hit anything from outside. Every time he got the ball i was hoping he wouldn’t ever shoot. Then came the playoffs and a whole new rondo appeared. Couldn’t miss and constantly hit the 3 ball at crucial times. I think we hit the jackpot at the right time with him and looks like it will earn him some cash. Wish him the best but good move for the Lakers to explore other opportunities.

    • Lionel Muggeridge

      Rondo has actually been pretty decent from 3 since he left Boston. Check the stats

  4. Curtisrowe

    Its been 5 teams in 6 years for Rondo, not 6 but who is counting?

    I’ve always loved Rondos game, nice seeing him going out on a high note his last few years.

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    Schröder is a good pick up for Lakers. Now this opens the door for Clippers to sign Rondo. Lakers can’t stand still. The west will be harder to win next yr. Good sign Lakers not standing pat.

    • Dxit90a

      Rondo and green are more valuable than Schroder. Schroder is not a good shooter ( look at his % history and what he shoot in this post season) and is average at best in defense. horrible fit for the Lakers

      • Tatsumaki

        It’s nice for you to add weak context to your arguement but he is almost 10 years young than rondo and is the same exact player. Last 2 year were some of his best shooting years, seeing rondo leave means this man comes in when lebron goes out for rest. Great pick up.

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