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After trading for Dennis Schröder, Lakers reportedly expect Rajon Rondo to become free agent

(Darren Carroll | Getty Images)

(Darren Carroll | Getty Images)

In an attempt to secure a new point guard in the event that Rajon Rondo leaves in free agency, the Lakers have formally agreed to trade for Dennis Schröder.

Even though free agency has yet to officially begin–many reports indicate that the trade season will start on Monday afternoon–news broke on Sunday that the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a preemptive trade. OKC will send Schröder to the Lakers in exchange for guard Danny Green and the No. 28 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft set for Nov. 18.

So what does this have to do with Rondo? According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Lakers made the move for Schröder under the belief that Rondo will opt-out of the final year of his contract in order to become a free agent. 

The former Kentucky Wildcat has a $2.6 million player option for the 2020-21 season, and it has previously been reported that he would decline it. The Lakers’ crosstown rival, the L.A. Clippers, are seen as one of the favorites to sign Rondo once free agency does begin. With the move for Schröder expected to go through some time tomorrow, it’s all but confirmed that Rondo will find a new home after winning his second NBA Championship a season ago with the Lake Show.

There is the assumption that Rondo will attract a decent deal in the offseason (potentially on a multi-year deal with upwards of $5 million per season) and the Lakers will have a tight financial situation to navigate, necessitating the inevitable decision that both sides move on from each other. Schröder is objectively a better player right now than the 34-year old Rondo, but the latter is coming off his most impressive stretch of basketball in a few years and could provide the championship leadership that another title-hopeful is searching for.

Either way, Anthony Davis will have a steady point guard who can help the team win now. And if Rondo goes somewhere else to earn a ~$12 million contract, it’s a win for him, too.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR