Living his best life as a two-time NBA Champion, Rajon Rondo will have some suitors as a free agent this offseason.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the current Los Angeles Lakers point guard and former Kentucky Wildcat is expected to receive some interest from right across the street–the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly on his doorstep.
The Lakers are naturally determined to re-sign Rondo, who played a huge role in their playoff run, but the Clippers are eager to upgrade at point guard. Rondo has said he is planning to test the open market, which means declining his §2.7 million option for next season
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 28, 2020
“The Clippers have interest in signing the Lakers’ Rajon Rondo, league sources say, and are expected to pursue Rondo when free agency opens in November,
“The Lakers are naturally determined to re-sign Rondo, who played a huge role in their playoff run, but the Clippers are eager to upgrade at point guard. Rondo has said he is planning to test the open market, which means declining his $2.7 million option for next season.” Stein tweeted.
Rondo hasn’t officially opted out of his $2.6 million player option with the Lakers for the upcoming 2020-21 season, but a report from less than two weeks ago indicates that he will once the time comes. Financial restraints due to the coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the salary cap and free-agent market, but Rondo’s value as a proven veteran will land him a home in some form or fashion.
The Clippers are coming off a disappointing second-round playoff exit against the Jamal Murray-led Denver Nuggets and were heavily criticized for a lack of internal and on-court leadership, something that could have been provided by Rondo had he been on the roster. Whether or not he would draw more than $2.6 million per year is a toss-up, but if any franchise is going to go into the luxury tax to pay for a player they feel can help bring a championship, it’s Clippers’ governor Steve Ballmer.
The 34-year old has been with the Lakers for the previous two seasons, averaging 8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 94 total games. During his most recent playoff run down in the NBA’s Orlando Bubble, he had a career resurgence, playing vital stretches as the Lakers won its 17th championship.