The Los Angeles Lakers decided to trade Rajon Rondo a few months after getting him. This trade came like a surprise to many fans, but it was more than obvious that the franchise planned to make some changes. Rondo is the first player to leave the team. Who is next on the list?
Rondo didn’t make a huge impact this season. He is averaging 3.1 points and 3.7 assists per game with the Lakers. I guess the team wanted to see more than that. He is a talented player and was part of the bubble team in 2019. Rondo and his Lakers teammates brought the trophy home. So, what happened in the meantime?
The Lakers trade Rajon Rondo to create open spot
The Lakers are trading Rondo to the Cleveland Cavaliers and we have more details of this deal. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported that Rondo goes to Cleveland and LA will be getting Denzel Valentine. The latter won’t spend too much time in LA as the team will waive him. This leaves Rob Pelinka with an open roster spot. The Lakers will be able to sign a new player to fill up the open spot.
“ESPN Sources: The Cavaliers have agreed to trade Denzel Valentine to the Lakers to acquire Rajon Rondo. The Lakers are expected to waive Valentine’s partially-guaranteed deal and create an open roster spot.”
Valentine is averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 22 games with the team. He won’t play with the Lakers, meaning he will have to go somewhere else.
Cleveland is getting an aging point guard who can still perform at a high level. However, he wasn’t of great help in LA. Rondo joins the team at the right moment as the franchise is without Ricky Rubio. Having an extra pair of experienced hands on the floor is always a good idea, right?
The Lakers are without a few players at the moment, but the team seems to to have regained control over the game. Anthony Davis is still out, but Frank Vogel cleared COVID protocols. LA won the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Easy bite.