The Los Angeles Lakers kept busy in free agency on Monday with the addition of former All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo on a one-year, $9 million deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Rajon Rondo is signing a one-year, $9M deal with Lakers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2018
Rondo had spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans where he played a huge factor in the backcourt alongside Jrue Holiday as he excelled as the primary ball handler. He was productive averaging 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in 26.2 minutes per contest in 65 games played with 63 starts. Rondo is also the first player to record 25 assists in a game since Jason Kidd and the first ever to have 25 assists in 30 minutes or less.
This comes shortly after Los Angeles renounced the rights to Julius Randle, which has made him an unrestricted free agent and frees up around $12 million in salary cap space.
The addition of Rondo now brings a proven veteran in the backcourt that has championship experience while holding one of the strongest reputations as being one of the smartest players in the league while possessing elite passing ability that could be further extenuated playing alongside the likes of LeBron James, who inked a four-year, $154 million deal in free agency on Sunday night.
This move also brings up questions pertaining to what the Lakers plan to do with second-year point guard Lonzo Ball, who is one of the core pieces of the puzzle. Throughout his career, Rondo has been penciled in as a starter but things could change with the Lakers where the team could lean on him to be the lead point guard off the bench. However, Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports that the “best man plays” in terms of the starting job.
Rajon Rondo has no assurances that he'll start over Lonzo Ball, but it's entirely possible: "Best man plays," I'm told.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 2, 2018
Meanwhile, this is yet another one-year deal handed out in free agency that leaves salary cap space for the 2019 summer where the Lakers could be major players in bringing aboard additional talent. This latest move also may be the precursor to another move that may see the team add more proven talent through free agency or explore the trade market this offseason to what could be a nearly completely revamped roster.
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