While it was believed by many that Rondo’s stay with the Memphis Grizzlies would be short after the team acquired him in a trade on Aug. 16 in a package to send Eric Bledsoe to the Los Angeles Clippers. Rondo’s brief tenure lasted less than two weeks as the Grizzlies announced on Saturday that they waived him.
The two-time NBA champion has now reportedly signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rondo “plans” on signing a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the team. Sources claim that he will sign the contract on Tuesday.
Rondo has played two seasons in LA previously and was a member of the 2020 NBA championship team. He averaged 8.9 points per game and shot 40 percent from distance in the bubble during the title run.
This news come shortly after a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who tweeted over the weekend that after Rondo cleared waivers on Monday, he was expected to sign with the Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers are the frontrunners to sign Rajon Rondo after he clears waivers on Monday, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Rondo was a key part of the Lakers‘ 2020 championship team. https://t.co/lT4jCtoCXw— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 28, 2021
In his 15th NBA season, Rondo played 45 games between the Hawks and the Clippers, where he averaged only 5.4 points per game. Despite his struggles, Rajon shot a career high 40.4 percent from three-point range.
Rondo will likely be deep on the team’s depth chart at point guard, playing behind LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Nunn.