Rondo Signs With Lakers, Joins LeBron

Rondo Signs One-Year Deal

July 02, 2018 - 5:57 pm


After signing LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers seem far from finished in the free agency market. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers worth $9 million. 

The Lakers outbid the New Orleans Pelicans to snag Rondo and created more cap flexibility by renouncing Julius Randle, who now becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers didn't watch to match an offer sheet and commit to Randle long-term, which should make him a high sought after free agent now. 

Rondo averaged 8.3 PPG and 8.2 APG in his only season with the Pelicans and 10.3 PPG and 12.2 APG during the playoffs. The signing of Rondo comes after the monster signing of LeBron James, which was followed by the signings of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee. The combination of Rondo and LeBron will be intriguing to watch after all their matchups against each other when the Celtics and Heat had plenty of playoff battles. 

The move also could mean the future of Lonzo Ball with the Lakers is in question. Ball has been the subject of trade rumors, and with Rondo in the fold now at least for a year, it would not be shocking to see Ball sent off to San Antonio or elsewhere in a package to bolster the current roster.