Guard Rajon Rondo Agrees To One-Year Deal With Lakers

Guard Rajon Rondo Agrees To One-Year Deal With Lakers

Former New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo has signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, per Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. But if it anyone believed Johnson and Pelinka were done for the summer, they were sadly mistaken Monday, when ESPN was the first to report the Lakers dumped Randle and added Rondo. The unrestricted free agent agreed to the deal a day after free agent LeBron James chose to bolt from the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to join the Lakers. Unless Ball is traded away, he would most likely be demoted to a bench role with fellow youngsters Josh Hart and Moe Wagner.

Wojnarowski also reported that Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis was "tenacious" in recruiting Randle to New Orleans, which ended up being a major reason why the deal got done.

Randle averaged 16.8 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers last season. McGee typically sat on the bench for the Warriors last two Finals runs, and though he looked great during some moments in the most recent championship, it was often when surrounded by four Hall of Fame players.

The Rondo addition, in particular, had the National Basketball Association world trying to make sense of the Lakers' plan. Rondo walks into a crowded backcourt, which includes Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

With Rondo and Ball both being point guards, the Lakers told Rondo the team is trying to win now and the best man would play, a source told Shelburne. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during his four seasons. His progression since he was drafted out of Kentucky with the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft raised eyes in his fourth NBA season.

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